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Criminal Justice Reform Organizations Support Cuomo’s “mugshot ban”

Legal Action Center and other criminal justice advocacy organizations voice support for Governor Cuomo’s amendment to New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) that would ban the public disclosure of photos and booking information compiled by law enforcement agencies when they make arrests, mirroring policies already in place in federal agencies.

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LAC APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2019 JUSTICE AGENDA

The Legal Action Center commends Governor Andrew Cuomo on the landmark criminal justice and opioid and other substance use disorder (SUD) initiatives included in his 2019 Justice Agenda.

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New York Bar Foundation Grant to LAC

New York: The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant of $4,500 to the Legal Action Center to support …

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Protecting the Identity of Pardoned New Yorkers is the Right Thing to Do

26 undersigned criminal justice reform organizations strongly support Governor Cuomo’s pardon of 140 individuals who were convicted of one misdemeanor or non-violent felony when they were under the age of 18, and his decision to keep the names confidential. These individuals should now be allowed to move on with their lives without the stigma resulting from these convictions, which occurred when they were minors.

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Legal Action Center Statement on Imposing Work Requirements for Medicaid Eligibility

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued new guidance authorizing states to impose work requirements on people enrolled in Medicaid for their health care.

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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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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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NY Federal Court Grants Preliminary Approval of FCRA Class Action Settlement

On December 11, 2015, a New York federal court preliminarily approved the settlement in Legal Action Center’s class action lawsuit, Jones v. Halstead Management Co. et al., No. 1:14-cv-03125-VEC. The suit charged Halstead with criminal background screening practices that cost Mr. Jones a job as a doorman and violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Plaintiff Kevin A. Jones, who had no criminal record, lost a job with Halstead because a commercial background check conducted by Sterling Infosystems, Inc. mixed him up with a Kevin M. Jones, who had several convictions. Legal Action Center filed the suit in the Southern District of New York with co-counsel, Francis & Mailman, P.C.

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