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The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 72 years ago today. Although not a binding document, the Declaration identifies a broad range of fundamental rights and freedoms that are supposed to be guaranteed to everyone.

We know these rights are not always extended to people who live in jails and prisons, and the Covid-19 pandemic has made this even more evident.

We spoke with SK Rossi, the former Policy Director for the ACLU of Montana, about common human rights violations in prisons, how the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened existing human rights concerns for incarcerated people, and how proponents of prisoners’ rights can begin activism work today.

Listen to our interview with Rossi below: