• Need-to-Know News: May 20, 2011

    May 20, 2011

    Updates from Us

    • If you haven't seen it yet, check out the latest issue of The Fortune News, right, which features an article by our own Tracie M. Gardner, director of state policy, on the history and impact of ATI programs in New York.
    • We joined fellow advocates for people living with HIV/AIDS in expressing dismay at this week's inappropriate media speculation about the possible HIV status of the accuser in the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Follow this link to read our full press release on the issue, now updated with the statements of others in the field.

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    • The Department of Justice ruled in favor of a new law that the state's inmates be counted in their hometowns, not where they are incarcerated, for the purposes of redistricting. Meanwhile, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asked the State Supreme Court to dismiss the GOP's suit seeking to overturn the law.
    • The Gotham Gazette reported this week that Assemblyman Karim Camara would soon introduce a bill to give New York City control over where youths in the juvenile justice system are detained.
    • The state court system laid off 367 employees this week, as part of a $170 million budget cut.
    • The State Senate voted in favor of a bill that would create a registry of anyone convicted of a violent felony. The bill remains in committee in the Assembly, however.

    • Facing new requirements under the healthcare reform, many nursing homes and home care agencies have begun lobbying for an exemption because of the cost.
    • In other healthcare reform news, the Urban Institute released a report this week on a potential plan for implementation, "A Five-Part Strategy for Reaching the Eligible Uninsured."
    • Illinois' increasing prison population is forcing some inmates to wait years for substance abuse treatment programs, according to a report by the John Howard Association, a prison watchdog group.
    • In Maryland, plans for a youth jail are shrinking after a report by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency showed that arrests were projected to decline.

    From Our Partners

    • Congratulations to Greenhope Services for Women, a fellow member of the New York ATI/Reentry Coalition, which opened a new facility this week in East Harlem! The Kandake House left, "addresses critical needs that are not as widely available to women as they should be: alternatives to incarceration and addiction services," said Tracie M. Gardner, LAC's director of state policy. "By having these and a host of other important services under one roof, Greenhope is providing these women a fighting chance at stabilizing their lives." See video of the ribbon-cutting here.
    • Coming up tomorrow: The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow presents "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" in New York City. Follow this link for more information about the event, sponsored by the Riverside Church Prison Ministry Program with support from the Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement & Criminal Justice Fund.
    • The annual meeting of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) will be held June 7-10 in Indianapolis. Use this link to find more information, and to register.
    • The Federal Bar Council will present "The State of Federal Prisons and Supervised Release: A Conversation With Key Decision Makers" on June 1 in New York. Topics will include programs available to federal inmates and the challenges facing the Bureau of Prisons and the programs available to those on supervised release.