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ACLU Releases Report on Fair Chance Hiring

The Legal Action Center congratulates the ACLU and its Trone Private Sector and Education Advisory Council on releasing “Back to Business: How Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Jobseekers Benefits Your Company,” which documents the successful corporate policies that give formerly-incarcerated Americans a fair chance at employment and reentry.

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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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Statement on Jordan Edwards

All of us at the Legal Action Center mourn the senseless death of Jordan Edwards. Our hearts are with his family and community.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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