Upon learning of a troubling situation at the city jail, concerned citizens of Richmond have joined together to help provide simple human needs to people incarcerated during this season of charity and giving. Richmond City does not provide the men and women being held at the jail with basic personal necessities, including undergarment articles and socks necessary to maintain sanitary conditions as well as warmth. This creates significant hardship to a large segment of the inmate population who remain imprisoned due to their impoverished state.
Many people are being held while awaiting trial due to their inability to pay bonds lower than the cost of a family night at the movies. "Sheriff C.T. Woody has said hundreds of the 1,500 men and women housed in the jail on any given day shouldn't be there. Some are mentally ill, while others are awaiting trial on petty charges and can't get out because they can't afford even a $30 bond." (As quoted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch article “Richmond jail to start charging inmates $1 a day” by Dave Ress, 4/10/09) With people held due to their inability to afford even a $30 bond, it is unrealistic to expect them to then be able to pay commissary to purchase socks.
This holiday season, residents of Richmond and surrounding areas are being asked to help these imprisoned community members in need who have no means to help themselves. “With no way to earn money during imprisonment, and given that many are in jail due to lack of funds, your help and support is the only means of support and generosity they might know,” explained an organizer of the drive. “Please look in your heart." A goal of 1,500 pairs of socks has been set in hopes of giving every man and woman held in the jail a pair of socks. Cash donations for purchase of socks* are encouraged and are being accepted HERE!
Collection boxes will also be at the following locations between December 1st and December 14th:
- B-Sides Thrift Boutique – 2925 W. Cary Street
- Books, Bikes and Beyond – 7 W. Broad Street
- The ROC Richmond Outreach Center – 5501 Midlothian Turnpike
- 13ainbridge Collective – 1300 Bainbridge Street
*In the event that the funds exceed those necessary to provide every man and woman in the Richmond City Jail with a pair of socks, excess funds will be used to purchase undergarments approved by the Jail.
** Correction 12.3.12: Organizer quote updated to reflect proper verbiage of "jail." in place of "prison."