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Prison ombudsperson calls for jail reform during Center for Justice fundraiser

Will CampbellMay 23, 2019

Speaking from experience, Riley Hewko said that many people charged with violent crimes often grew up with abuse and addiction, and jails do more harm to people who already have experienced such traumas.

A group of Spokane community leaders listened to the traumatic experiences transgender people face in jail during a speech delivered by Hewko, as part of the Center for Justice’s annual fundraiser. Dainen Penta, director of the Center for Justice, a community nonprofit law firm, said about 270 people attended the fundraiser and about $32,000 in donations was raised.

Hewko, an attorney who co-founded the Incarcerated Parents Project at the Washington Defender Association, now works as the assistant ombudsperson at the Gender Equity and Vulnerable Populations at the Washington state Office of the Corrections Ombuds.

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