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Rx for Drug Courts: Allow Effective Addiction Medication

The opioid epidemic kills 78 Americans every day. To address this crisis, President Obama and public health authorities have called for increased use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Yet half the nation’s drug courts prohibit MAT, according to a 2014 survey.

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When Coming Home Means Being Shut Out: Expanding Reentry to All Types of Offenses

We need to ensure that all people with conviction histories are eligible for and receive effective reentry services, not just those with offenses categorized as nonserious, nonsexual, and nonviolent.

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Public opinion favors criminal justice and drug policy reform, making now the time to act

Two emerging hot-button issues of the 2016 Presidential campaign are addressing the growing heroin and opioid epidemic and reforming our criminal justice system to make communities healthier, families stronger, and neighborhoods safer. We have also seen these issues take center-stage in Congress, where criminal justice and drug policy reform remain two areas where bipartisan progress appear possible. Given the trends in public opinion, it’s no surprise.

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In Memoriam: Jacqueline Berrien, Former EEOC Chairwoman

It is with great admiration and solemn gratitude that I write today in remembrance of Jacqueline Berrien. The former chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and associate director-counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Berrien passed away on November 9 at the age of 53 due to cancer.

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Beyond “Ban the Box”: Four Steps to Build on Fair Chance Hiring

“Ban the Box”, also referred to as fair chance hiring, is catching on as more and more jurisdictions adopt legislation applying to public agencies, private companies, or both. But is Banning the Box enough to secure a second chance for millions of workers with criminal records?

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Champions in the Treatment Community: Jim & Sue Cusack of Villa Veritas

I got to talk with Jim and Sue on the phone about their more than fifty years of experience in the field of addiction treatment. They told me about their remarkable journey, turning their own experiences with overcoming addictions to alcohol into lifetimes of healing service to others.

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Glenn E. Martin: The Epiphany of My Advocacy Life

Glenn E. Martin, founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA, will be honored at LAC’s annual Arthur Liman Public Interest Awards Benefit. In anticipation of this event, he writes about his journey as a national criminal justice reform advocate that began at the Legal Action Center 15 years ago.

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To Disclose or not to Disclose? Seven Things to Know About Medical Forms and HIV

If you are a person living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) or a physician treating PLWHAs, you may face a dilemma when completing medical forms – the type required for employment, school, camp, guardianship, and other activities. The following seven points should help you decide whether and how to disclose sensitive information about your status.

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Announcing Legal Action Center’s new blog

As part of our website overhaul and upgraded presence on the web, LAC is launching a new blog to highlight our work and that of our partner organizations and share information and opinions about the issues we work on. Can you help us by voting on a name for our blog?

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