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To address technical parole violations, system need to address addiction and other health needs of those on parole. Addiction is a health issue, not a criminal justice one. Positive drug tests require linkage to services, not punishment #CLOSErikers @lac_news @TracieMGardner

Powerful and on point. The true measure of a society should be whether we care about protecting the dignity, humanity, and lives of all people. Saving lives should be our number one goal.

“This is the kind of pain that is ignored in our national narrative about drug addiction. The pain of racism and the mental health issues it leaves in its wake are never addressed”.

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When a health insurer denies or limits care for mental health and substance use disorders, is it violating the law? New tools from the Legal Action Center (LAC) help individuals seeking care and their loved ones, providers, and advocates understand their rights to coverage under federal and state parity laws, and what to do if an insurer is violating those rights.

LAC response to President’s Opioid Initiative

March 20th, 2018: Yesterday in New Hampshire, President Trump outlined his administration’s three-pronged plan for addressing the opioid epidemic. While the strategy includes certain components critical to expanding access to evidence-based addiction care, it lacks specificity on health approaches and falls well short of the comprehensive public health response needed to address a crisis that is currently claiming the lives of over 175 Americans each day. Further, the plan’s emphasis on the failed punitive policies is out of step with what we know from decades of public health and public policy data.

Over 160 Organizations Issue Joint Statement of Support for Parole Board

The undersigned join in strong support of the recent determination by the Parole Board to grant release to Mr. Herman Bell. This decision is the right outcome in this case based on the criteria used to determine parole. We must not allow politics to undermine the rule of law, nor should we discourage an agency from correctly performing its duties by allowing it to be bullied or cowed by the loudest voices and those with their own agendas.

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