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Bi-Partisan House Members introduce bill to reauthorize the Second Chance Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 30, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Mark O’Brien, (202)-544-5478, mobrien@lac.org Second Chance Reauthorization Act Introduced Bill would reauthorize …

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JPMorgan’s General Counsel, Steve Cutler, and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA, Glenn E. Martin, to be Honored at Legal Action Center’s 2015 Benefit

Stephen M. Cutler, General Counsel of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Legal Action Center Board Member, and Glenn E. Martin, Founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA, will be honored at LAC’s annual Arthur Liman Public Interest Awards Benefit.

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Legal Action Center Board Chair Daniel K. Mayers Accepts President’s Lifetime Achievement Award

At its quarterly board meeting on June 17th, the Legal Action Center’s Director presented to longtime Board Chair Daniel K. Mayers the President’s Lifetime Service Award, which included a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama.

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New York City Bans the Box: Mayor de Blasio Signs Fair Chance Act

On Monday, June 29, 2015, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law the Fair Chance Act, New York City’s version of “ban-the-box” legislation. The law gives people with criminal records a fairer shot at employment by prohibiting employers from asking about criminal convictions until after a conditional offer of employment has been made. Dozens of advocates, activists and community members were at City Hall to witness this historic moment.

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Press Release: Legal Action Center Announces Release of State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System

The Legal Action Center today announced the release of the new web tool State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System, which includes state-by-state profiles with information about the health system and health coverage options that are available in each state and the District of Columbia.

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How to Respond if a Court is Kicking You Off Medication-Assisted Treatment for Addiction

In the Addiction Blog post Kicked Off Medication-Assisted Treatment by a Court: Here’s How to Fight for Your Legal Rights, LAC’s Legal Director Sally Friedman explains how to respond if a court kicks you or someone you care about off medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for heroin or opioid addiction.

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Take Action Today for Federal Fair Chance Hiring

Join Legal Action Center, NELP, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and organizations from across the country today for a National Day of Action calling on President Obama to give people with records a fair chance to work at federal agencies and contractors.

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Due Tomorrow! Comments in response to proposed rule applying parity law to Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP, and Alternative Benefits plans

In order to help strengthen the final parity rule, the Coalition for Whole Health has drafted comments to submit to HHS in response to the proposed rule applying parity. If you represent an organization that would like to be added to the list of signatories on the Coalition for Whole Health’s comments, please email Sherie Boyd at sboyd@lac.org by 2 pm tomorrow, June 9.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Rob Portman introduce bill to reauthorize the Second Chance Act

Legal Action Center is pleased to report that yesterday Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Rob Portman introduced legislation to reauthorize the Second Chance Act. Originally passed in 2008, the Second Chance Act is already reducing recidivism and improving public safety. Recidivism rates are down by 11% in Texas, 19% in North Carolina and 9% in Wisconsin. Since 2009, Second Chance programs have served over 92,000 people in 49 states and the District of Columbia. After several years of implementation and study, it’s time to reauthorize and update the law to emphasize and improve the most effective programs.

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REAL Act would restore Pell Grant eligibility for students in prison

LAC is pleased to report that last week, Rep. Donna Edwards, along with Reps. Danny K. Davis, Barbara Lee , Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Rosa L. DeLauro, and Cedric L. Richmond, introduced the Restoring Education and Learning Act (REAL Act), legislation that would restore Pell Grant eligibility for students learning in prison.

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