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The Passage of Sealing Legislation

While the decision to close Riker’s Island and passage of legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility have been rightly trumpeted as major reforms of some of New York’s most deleterious criminal justice policies and practices, an extremely important piece of progressive legislation has gone largely unnoticed and uncelebrated: beginning in October, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will be eligible to have their old criminal convictions sealed.

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Legal Action Center Statement on NYS FY18 Budget

The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature on the passage of the final budget bills this weekend. The $153.1 billion spending package includes several policies and investments that ensure greater access to opportunities for all New Yorkers.

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Sign LAC’s Petition Calling on the Governor and Legislature to Include Language in the Budget to Improve Linkage to Healthcare for People Coming Home

Disruptions in medical care upon reentry, especially for those with behavioral health disorders and other chronic conditions, contributes to poor and costly health outcomes, including increased episodes of mental illness and drug use, as well as an increased risk of re-incarceration. There is also a 12-fold increase in the risk of death in the first two weeks after release.

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ACT NOW! CALL YOUR NYS LEGISLATOR AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT FUNDING FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE/HEALTH LINK

New York Action Alert

Tell the New York State Legislature to Fund Efforts to Link the Criminal Justice System to Health Services!

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LAC Director of State Policy, Sebastian Solomon, Testifies at Budget Hearing

Albany, NY – February 25, 2015 – Sebastian Solomon, LAC’s new Director of New York State Policy, will be testifying tomorrow on behalf of the NYS Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) and Re-entry Coalition in response to the Governor’s FY2015-2016 Executive budget.

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LAC Welcomes Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Budget Proposals

NEW YORK, NY—January 28, 2015 –The Legal Action Center (LAC) today applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility, improve linkages between the criminal justice and health care systems, and increase investment in addiction prevention, treatment and recovery, as well as other other reforms included in his 2015 budget.

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Legal Action Center Urges New York State to Take New and Bold Steps to Combat the Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic

New York State should take additional forceful, targeted actions to address the public health emergency of prescription drug and heroin dependence. “Using $298 million that has been allocated to its Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) for 2015, the State now has an opportunity to create even more momentum in its efforts to combat the scourge of addiction and prescription drug and heroin misuse,” according to Paul Samuels.

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