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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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Governor Cuomo Issues Zero Tolerance Policy for Insurers that Fail to Provide Equal Substance Use Coverage

LAC praises the recent announcement by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that his administration has issued guidance to insurers regarding their legal obligations to provide mental health and substance use disorders coverage at parity with medical or surgical care.

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ACT NOW! ACTION ALERT: TELL GOVERNOR CUOMO AND THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TO ELIMINATE BARRIERS AND INCREASE ACCESS TO ADDICTION TREATMENT

LAC calls on all New Yorkers to contact their state legislators and the Governor and urge them to enact legislation to expand insurance coverage and access to treatment.

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LAC Praises NY for Seeking First Federal Waiver Extending Medicaid to People Leaving Prison

The Legal Action Center applauds New York State for seeking approval from the federal government to become the first state in the nation to provide medical services with Medicaid coverage to individuals in the last 30 days of their incarceration.

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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 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 “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 Governor Andrew Cuomo to Conditionally Pardon 10,000 Former Youth Convicted of Adult Crimes

Legal Action Center applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for the bold, humane, and just plan he announced today to conditionally pardon people convicted of misdemeanors or non-violent felonies when they were 16- or 17-years-old, if they have not had a subsequent conviction in ten years. “These pardons are a huge step to reverse the devastating and perpetual harms caused by criminal records,” said LAC Director and President Paul Samuels.

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LAC Hails Governor Cuomo’s New York Council on Community Re-Entry & Reintegration for 1st Year Achievements

Governor Cuomo held a press conference today at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to announce twelve major accomplishments of the Council, which promotes collaboration among state, local, and private agencies as well as community groups in order to address a wide range of issues related to successful re-entry, including housing, employment, healthcare, and education.

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