The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

Upcoming Events

Returning to Work with HIV: Effect on Government Benefit

Monday, Jun 13, 2016

Many people with HIV would like to return to work or continue working but face a complex maze of questions about how this would impact their access to benefits and services. Maintaining health coverage and other benefits is critical to positive health outcomes and ensuring that people with HIV achieve viral suppression and remain virally suppressed.

How to Create & Update Your Agency’s HIV Confidentiality Policies/Procedures and Ensure Staff Compliance

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016

This webinar is a capacity building session for program managers of hospitals, health care facilities, community based organizations and other organizations that must comply with New York State’s HIV confidentiality law, Public Health Law Article 27-F.

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Blog Archives

When Coming Home Means Being Shut Out: Expanding Reentry to All Types of Offenses

Today marks the start of the first annual Reentry Week, a time to think constructively about how best to evolve our criminal justice system to meet the needs of communities and those returning to them with criminal records. We need to ensure that all people with conviction histories are eligible for and receive effective reentry services, not just those with offenses categorized as nonserious, nonsexual, and nonviolent.

Public opinion favors criminal justice and drug policy reform, making now the time to act

Two emerging hot-button issues of the 2016 Presidential campaign are addressing the growing heroin and opioid epidemic and reforming our criminal justice system to make communities healthier, families stronger, and neighborhoods safer. We have also seen these issues take center-stage in Congress, where criminal justice and drug policy reform remain two areas where bipartisan progress appear possible. Given the trends in public opinion, it’s no surprise.

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News and Highlights

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Members of the New York Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition were joined today by elected officials and New York’s alternatives to incarceration and reentry community in a rally on the steps of City Hall to urge leaders to increase funding to expand the City’s alternatives to incarceration and reentry programs, and to launch the Blueprint for Criminal Justice Reform, a comprehensive plan to improve New York City’s criminal justice system.


The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation Awards LAC $450,000 to Link People in the Criminal Justice System to Health Care

To improve health outcomes of individuals in the criminal justice system, the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation has awarded a $450,000, three-year grant to the Legal Action Center, a nonprofit law and policy organization, to enroll thousands of justice-involved individuals in Medicaid and link them to coordinated care.


Legal Action Center Welcomes New Heroin Task Force Formed by Governor Cuomo

The Legal Action Center praised the formation of a new task force announced by Governor Cuomo on May 10th to address the growing heroin and prescription opioid epidemic in New York State.

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Court Approves Legal Action Center’s FCRA Class Action Settlement

On May 5, 2016, a New York federal court approved the class action settlement in Jones v. Halstead Management Co. et al., No. 1:14-cv-03125-VEC, which will provide $583,375 to about 1,700 class members ($325 per class member). Halstead also made substantial changes to its practices as a result of the suit.

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