January 31, 2018 – LAC submitted written testimony on behalf of the NYS Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) and Re-entry Coalition (of which LAC is a member) to the Legislature’s annual Joint Public Hearing on Public Protection yesterday.
The testimony came in response to the Governor’s FY2018-2019 Executive budget. Among the Coalition’s key recommendations to the Legislature are to:
- Restore over $2 million in cuts to support alternative-to-incarceration, reentry and related programs and allow funding to be used flexibly to address new challenges as they appear. This funding will support New York’s efforts to:
- Address the thousands of individuals around the state who have been swept up into the criminal justice system as a result of the opioid epidemic; and
- Close Rikers Island
- Require Article 23-A standard for all occupational licenses and clearances by removing unnecessary bars to employment and licensure
- Provide expanded access to Medication Assisted Treatment to incarcerated individuals and those under community supervision who would benefit from these services; and
- Enact geriatric parole and increase access to and use of medical parole.