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LAC President Paul Samuels Writes Op-Ed in Support of Eliminating Criminal Record Barriers

In his September 30 op-ed in the Huffington Post, “All Americans Deserve a Chance to Rebuild Their Lives,” Legal Action Center’s Director and President Paul Samuels lays out some of the most serious barriers that “confront millions of people with criminal records that include drug offenses.” To begin to eliminate the worst obstacles, Samuels calls on Congress to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, REAL Act, and REDEEM Act to improve education opportunities for people with criminal records, eliminate harmful barriers to public benefits, and make it easier for them to compete for jobs and support their families.

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LAC Hails Governor Cuomo’s New York Council on Community Re-Entry & Reintegration for 1st Year Achievements

Governor Cuomo held a press conference today at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to announce twelve major accomplishments of the Council, which promotes collaboration among state, local, and private agencies as well as community groups in order to address a wide range of issues related to successful re-entry, including housing, employment, healthcare, and education.

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

Press Release: Legal Action Center is pleased to report that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Rep. Danny Davis, along with 25 other bi-partisan members of the House of Representatives have 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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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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