Governor McAuliffe: RELEASE KEVIN SNODGRASS FROM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN VIRGINIA
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My son has been in solitary confinement since 2013. Nobody will give us a clear answer why. We need your help to get answers and help restore my son’s basic human rights.
My husband and I are proud of our military service. We are even prouder parents. When our son Kevin was wrongfully targeted and convicted of a crime he did not commit, it was the worst day of our lives. But we knew Kevin was innocent, and we started on a journey to clear his name. As a mother, it was a fight I never imagined I would have to wage.
Things got worse when Kevin, who’s facing 38 years in prison, was placed in solitary confinement — a practice that isolates a person from human contact for 22-24 hours a day. It’s a practice that often results in substantial, often irreversible, damage to someone’s physical and mental health. There is a growing worldwide consensus that it is ineffective and should be banned, let alone that it should not be used for a period as long as Kevin has endured.
Why does Kevin continue to be in solitary confinement? The reasons are unclear, documentation is inconsistent, and our calls to state officials go unanswered. We are always directed back to the very people depriving my son of his basic human rights.
The Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) cannot police itself. They need people like you to speak up. I started this petition to amplify our voices and let the VDOC know we demand Kevin be released from solitary confinement.
I wish I was starting this petition to get my son a new trial. Instead, I am just trying to make sure he isn’t treated like an animal. We’ve been told he could be in solitary confinement until 2020.
Those trapped in solitary confinement are voiceless and become invisible. People assume the worst about the convicted who are often no different from you and me and simply made some bad decisions. Some are like my son, innocent and praying the day will come when the truth literally sets them free.
I pray that day comes for Kevin. But for now, I need your help to get him out of solitary confinement. Please sign and share our petition demanding the Virginia Department of Corrections end my son Kevin Snodgrass’ solitary confinement.
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