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Beyond “Ban the Box”: Four Steps to Build on Fair Chance Hiring

“Ban the Box”, also referred to as fair chance hiring, is catching on as more and more jurisdictions adopt legislation applying to public agencies, private companies, or both. But is Banning the Box enough to secure a second chance for millions of workers with criminal records?

Champions in the Treatment Community: Jim & Sue Cusack of Villa Veritas

I got to talk with Jim and Sue on the phone about their more than fifty years of experience in the field of addiction treatment. They told me about their remarkable journey, turning their own experiences with overcoming addictions to alcohol into lifetimes of healing service to others.

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Legal Action Center Celebrates Implementation of New York City Fair Chance Act

Legal Action Center celebrates implementation of the Fair Chance Act in New York City. LAC supported passage of this critical legislation which aims to eliminate another aspect of unfair discrimination against workers with criminal records. In combination with Article 23-A of the Correction Act, a national model for prohibiting employment discrimination based on criminal record information that is not job-related, the Fair Chance Act will ensure more equal opportunities for New York City workers with criminal records.


LAC’s Director of New York Policy is Honored by New York Nonprofit Media as a “Rising Star”

The Legal Action Center is very pleased to congratulate our Director of New York Policy, Sebastian Solomon, on his selection by the New York Nonprofit Media as one of “40 Rising Stars Under 40” working in New York city’s nonprofit sector.


LAC Applauds Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature for Requiring Drug Courts to Permit Opioid Addiction Medication

The Legal Action Center (LAC) applauds Governor Cuomo’s decision to sign into law S4239B/A6255B, which requires drug courts to permit individuals to receive life-saving medication for opioid addiction. The law prohibits a common practice in some courts of requiring defendants to stop taking prescribed medication such as methadone, buprenorphine (Suboxone) or naltrexone (Vivitrol), regardless of how well they are working.


LAC President Paul Samuels Writes Op-Ed in Support of Eliminating Criminal Record Barriers

In his September 30 op-ed in the Huffington Post, “All Americans Deserve a Chance to Rebuild Their Lives,” Legal Action Center’s Director and President Paul Samuels lays out some of the most serious barriers that “confront millions of people with criminal records that include drug offenses.” To begin to eliminate the worst obstacles, Samuels calls on Congress to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, REAL Act, and REDEEM Act to improve education opportunities for people with criminal records, eliminate harmful barriers to public benefits, and make it easier for them to compete for jobs and support their families.

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