Human Rights Defense Center


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Mon, 06/04/2018 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Human Rights Defense Center
Host Emma Lugo interviews Paul Wright of the Human Rights Defense Center about the exorbitant fees prisoners families are being charged just to visit them, as well as catching up on what is happening with immigration detention, prisoner health care and institutional incentives to pass on the cost of incarceration and policing to the poor and victims of the criminal justice system.
The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) was originally founded in 1990 in Washington state as Prisoners' Legal News (later Prison Legal News). The initial purpose of the organization was to publish a monthly newsletter of the same name to give a voice to prisoners, their families and others affected by criminal justice policies in Washington. By 1993 the newsletter had grown into a magazine with nationwide news coverage and circulation.
From the modest beginnings of a prison-based newsletter with a $50 budget and an all-volunteer grassroots base, HRDC has grown into a national 501(c)(3) organization with 18 employees, including four staff attorneys. HRDC is headquartered in Lake Worth, Florida and has offices in Seattle, Washington; Nashville, Tennessee; and Washington, D.C. That's on Prison Pipeline this Monday, June 4 at 6pm on KBOO Community radio 90.7 FM in Portland or online at
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