William Thorpe has spent nearly 24 straight years in solitary confinement in Virginia prisons stuck in a cell about half of the size of a parking space for more than 22 hours a day, every day, with no outside light and almost no human contact.
Defending our rights to equality, liberty, and justice
I’ve been empowered by using my personal story to effect change. In this position, I want to work in collaboration with other organizations already in the field to build a campaign centered around the experience and voices of those directly impacted by the criminal justice system at every level.
Trying to prosecute our way out of drug problems is an expensive and ineffective approach to the public health crisis we are facing. Virginia should focus on what works to save lives, including safe reporting laws, better and more widely available treatment programs, and stigma-free services.