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Overcoming Employment Barriers for People with Criminal Records

Thursday, Mar 28, 2019

This 2-hour webinar explains how New Yorkers with criminal records can improve their chances of finding employment and housing despite the barriers having a criminal record might pose.

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Get ready advocates, the fight to protect patient privacy is coming again. Time to dust off your letter writing skills...lives depend on it.

(And articles like this 1 are harmful. For a balanced view on the facts, see @lac_news:

"When the money flows in, so do the ne’er-do-wells..." @MotherJones explores how some are unjustly profiting from others' #substanceusedisorders. Better regulation & increased consumer protection=VITAL to combatting the #OpioidCrisis & #overdose epidemic.

Connecting individuals reentering society from #incarceration 2 #healthcare can help diminish prevalence of untreated #substanceuse & #mentalhealth disorders, spread of #communicablediseases & risk of re-arrest & re-incarceration. @lac_news discusses here:

An individual is 12x more likely to die & 130x more likely to die of #overdose in 1st 2 wks after release from #incarceration than people in general population. Clearly, we need to bridge the gap b/w #healthandjustice. @lac_news' report discusses here:

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News and Highlights

2019 Restoration of Rights Cocktail Social

The Legal Action Center is incredibly grateful to all those who made our recent “Restoration of Rights” event a great success! Generously hosted by our Board Chair, Brad S. Karp, and his law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, the evening included a keynote speech by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, as well as a panel moderated by LAC Board Member, Anthony C. Thompson.

Criminal Justice Reform Organizations Support Cuomo’s “mugshot ban”

Legal Action Center and other criminal justice advocacy organizations voice support for Governor Cuomo’s amendment to New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) that would ban the public disclosure of photos and booking information compiled by law enforcement agencies when they make arrests, mirroring policies already in place in federal agencies.


The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Cuomo’s proposals to enforce parity and remove insurance barriers to improve access to substance use disorder and mental health care for tens of thousands of New Yorkers.


The Legal Action Center commends Governor Andrew Cuomo on the landmark criminal justice and opioid and other substance use disorder (SUD) initiatives included in his 2019 Justice Agenda.

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