Resource, Information, Help for the Disadvantaged & Disenfranchised (RIHD) was founded in 2002 by Lillie Branch-Kennedy, a retired US government career, in response to the barriers she experienced while engaging the criminal justice system on behalf of her son, a first-time offender, sentenced to an egregiously long sentence.

RIHD was formed with other volunteers in similar situation, to educate and empower Virginia families and communities on the negative impact of a racially-disparate system to mass incarceration and provide educational outreach to reduce the level of societal disenfranchisement of people with a criminal record. [Gift Year: 2017]

 

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