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Stephen Raher


Stephen Raher is general counsel of the Prison Policy Initiative. His advocacy against financial exploitation includes spearheading PPI’s campaign to expose the abusive release card industry, and authoring rulemaking comments regarding the financial privacy rights of families of the incarcerated.  Stephen has also supported the Prison Policy Initiative’s groundbreaking work on telecommunications and technology in correctional facilities, authoring a report on electronic messaging, exploring problems with computer tablets for incarcerated people, and advocating before the FCC and several state utility agencies, among other projects.  Prior to joining Prison Policy Initiative, Stephen worked as a litigator and bankruptcy lawyer, both in private practice and as an attorney in the federal court system.  Stephen lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He holds a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado. He is admitted to practice law in the states of Oregon and Washington.