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Key Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bills Reintroduced in House and Senate

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives introduced two bicameral bills aimed at addressing the collateral consequences of criminal records. The proposed legislation includes critical reforms that would reduce barriers to employment, education, housing and safety net services that affect 70 million adults in the U.S. who have an arrest or conviction record.

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LAC ISSUES POSITION PAPER URGING NY LEGISLATURE TO RESTORE AND ENHANCE FUNDING FOR ATI/REENTRY PROGRAMS

Along with colleagues in the ATI/Reentry Coalition, the Legal Action Center has issued a position paper urging the NYS Legislature to restore and enhance budgetary support for essential Alternatives to Incarceration and Reentry Programs.

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The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation Awards LAC $450,000 to Link People in the Criminal Justice System to Health Care

To improve health outcomes of individuals in the criminal justice system, the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation has awarded a $450,000, three-year grant to the Legal Action Center, a nonprofit law and policy organization, to enroll thousands of justice-involved individuals in Medicaid and link them to coordinated care.

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LAC Praises HUD Guidance Prohibiting Housing Discrimination Against People with Criminal Histories

LAC applauds the U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development’s (HUD) guidance that declares it a violation of the Fair Housing Act for landlords to have blanket bans that exclude people with criminal records. HUD’s new Guidance extends its earlier efforts to increase opportunities for people with criminal histories to obtain safe and secure housing that is critical to successful reintegration and full societal participation.

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LAC Applauds Gov Cuomo and NYS Legislature For Significant New Addiction & Criminal Justice Funding in 2016 Budget

LAC praised Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for their 2016 budget agreement, which contains several important measures to help people with substance use disorders and criminal histories.

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LAC Applauds Senate Passage of CARA

Legal Action Center applauds the United States Senate for passing CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Senate passage of CARA marks a significant step forward in the fight against heroin and prescription opioid addictions and overdoses. The Center urges the House of Representatives to pass the bill, and Congressional appropriators to fund CARA now.

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LAC Urges NY State to Expand Alternatives to Incarceration, Health Care Access For Justice-Involved People

In recommendations presented to the New York State Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, the Legal Action Center urged the State to expand its commitment to Alternatives to Incarceration, increase health care access and provide other re-entry assistance to justice-involved people.

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LAC Praises the Final Recommendations of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections

Legal Action Center commends the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections for its final recommendations that will be presented to Congress tonight. Legal Action Center has advocated for many of the specific recommendations in the Task Force’s report and calls on Congress and the Administration to implement these needed reforms. Policymakers can find additional support for the Colson Task Force’s report as well as additional recommendations for drug and alcohol policy reforms by reading Legal Action Center’s recently released report, Roadmap for Promoting Health and Justice: A Smarter, More Effective National Drug and Alcohol Policy.

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New Polling Shows Broad Support for Expanding Addiction Treatment and Report Offers Policymakers a Roadmap for a More Effective National Drug and Alcohol Policy

A survey commissioned by Legal Action Center (LAC) and released today finds strong support among Americans for expanding addiction treatment and making it a policy priority of the next president. The survey was released in conjunction with a new report from Legal Action Center; The Roadmap for Promoting Health and Justice: A Smarter, More Effective National Drug and Alcohol Policy is a guide for policymakers who understand the urgent need to reshape the nation’s drug and alcohol policies, in order to address addiction as a chronic disease that can be treated and prevented.

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LAC Praises “Right Priorities” Criminal Justice Initiative Announced by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

Legal Action Center offered high praise for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the “Right Priorities” initiative he announced yesterday. Governor Cuomo’s initiatives would prevent young and other at-risk people from entering the criminal justice system and provide new support in the criminal justice system to help people succeed in the community.

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