Governor Cuomo today announced the creation and membership of the Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration, which he had proposed in his State of the State address. The Council will address obstacles formerly incarcerated people face upon re-entering society. It will also promote collaboration among state, local, and private agencies as well as community groups in order to address a wide range of issues pertaining to successful re-entry, including housing, employment, healthcare, education, behavior change, and Veterans’ services. LAC commends Governor Cuomo for his continued dedication and strong support for seeking ways to assist the formerly incarcerated find ways to reenter society successfully.
In his State of the State address this year, the Governor noted that New York is “reducing the madness of an incarceration society and ending a system of unnecessary human and financial waste” and stated that we must “provide the reentry support and services like job training and access to ease that transition to mainstream society” and “stop the revolving door once and for all.” Through the announcement of this Council, the Governor continues to show his strong commitment to achieving the goals he laid out in his address.
We are also excited to announce that LAC’s Director and President, Paul N. Samuels, was nominated to be a member of the Council. He will be joined by many of LAC’s closest colleagues in the ATI and Reentry field in helping the state seek ways to assist those leaving incarceration make a successful transition back to the community.
“I want to thank Governor Cuomo for giving me the opportunity to assist in the important work of this Council, “ said Paul Samuels. “The Governor has selected a strong Council with wide expertise in the issues facing those leaving the criminal justice system and I am honored to be among them. I also want to applaud Governor Cuomo’s continued wisdom in seeking ways to assist those who have made mistakes in the past be able to return and successfully contribute to society. The Governor’s leadership in this area is one of the key reasons New York State leads the nation in reducing crime and incarceration.”
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. For four decades, LAC has worked to combat the stigma and prejudice that keep these individuals out of the mainstream of society. The Legal Action Center is committed to helping people reclaim their lives, maintain their dignity, and participate fully in society as productive, responsible citizens.