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.
An award-winning all-volunteer statewide organization
know for it's low cost transportation service to faraway VA rural prisons, sentencing reform campaign, restoration of civil & voting
rights and ban-the-box for fair hiring initiatives that has helped oridinary Virginia to understand and naigate the criminal justice
system and bring about necessary reforms..