Supporters who would like to write or send cards to Neli are encouraged to do so, his address is:
Reginald Latson, #1441792
Powhatan Correctional Center
3600 Woods Way
State Farm, VA 23160
Also, supporters who are able to donate can do so directly to Neli’s commissary account by going to ACCESS CORRECTIONS and making secured donations by simply registering for the service and entering the facility name in Powhatan Correctional Center, and Neli’s inmate number, #1441792. Neli’s D.O.B. is 10/31/91. This is a one-time only registration and can be used for various inmates thruout the country. Simply add-on what amount you wish to have deposited in his fund and he can then have more minutes to talk with his mother which are sorely needed and on which he depends on to help him survive that hellhole.
Thank you so much for any/everything you can do for Neli, your efforts are very greatly appreciated!
Please take just a very few moments and paste in the following text to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s contact form at
If you can snail mail/phone/fax, please do at:
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 786-2211
Fax: (804) 371-6351
I am calling on you to pardon Reginald ‘Neli’ Latson, #1441792, a wrongfully convicted, autistic young man. Neli is not a criminal and was imprisoned in May, 2010 because he did not understand an officer’s instructions due to his disability, leading to an altercation during which he instinctively defended himself. Neli was guilty of no crime and should never been imprisoned. He has spent one terrifying year in prison and his condition degrades by the day. He has been in solitary confinement and been bullied by inmates and CO’s. The VA State Supreme Court ruled that it is not illegal to not give your name to a police officer and if you are unlawfully being placed under arrest, you have the right to resist.
After a 3-day trial Neli Latson was found guilty of assaulting a law enforcement officer, among other charges, and 10 1/2 years in prison was recommended. On 5/31/11, The Stafford County judge modified and pronounced that Neli Latson, with credit for time served and a possible reduction for good behavior, will serve approximately 9 more months in jail, and then on to treatment recommended by the defense. This, despite the presence of several special needs experts, teachers from his school, and his coach, all who verified his autistic condition and had very meticulously prepared a therapeutic plan for him to leave prison and enter treatment that day, followed by a return to school. When his coach was asked if he still would be willing to work with Neli after all that has transpired, his response was an enthusiastic, “Yes.”
Neli Latson must be admitted into a treatment facility right away where he can finally receive the support he so desperately needs as his incarceration is an extreme detriment to his functionality and is not benefiting him or society in any way. Serving an additional year in prison can only harm Neli as he has been treated unjustly with no care or regard for his autistic condition. The state of VA has completely abdicated all responsibility for protecting this young citizen from harm in its zeal to lock him up and criminalize him.
This case is being observed worldwide and I am shocked and appalled at the treatment of one of the most vulnerable of our population, this disabled young man, and very strongly protest his continued incarceration.
I URGE THAT YOU PARDON NELI LATSON so that the treatment plan presented for Neli in court 5/31 be implemented immediately and not after one more tortuous year of deterioration in Neli’s capabilities and potentially devastating consequences to his mental health. This young man is now in Greensville Correction Center.