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The ATI/Reentry Coalition Calls for Increased Funds to Support Life-Changing Programs for the Thousands of People Across NYC Involved in the CJ System

Today members of the City Council joined the Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI)/Reentry Coalition to call for increased support for ATI and reentry services in New York City for Fiscal Year 2019.

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Preliminary approval of Aetna HIV Privacy Breach settlement

On May 10, 2018, a federal court in Pennsylvania granted preliminary approval of the $17 million settlement of the Beckett v Aetna class action lawsuit.  The lawsuit arose from an Aetna mailing last July, disclosing the HIV status of nearly 12,000 members through the large, transparent window on the envelope.  The suit also charged Aetna with improperly transferring protected health information of over 13,000 members to its law firm and a mail vendor.

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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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LAC Provides Testimony at NYS Legislature’s Joint Public Hearing on Public Protection

LAC submitted written testimony on behalf of the NYS Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) and Re-entry Coalition (of which LAC is a member) to the Legislature’s annual Joint Public Hearing on Public Protection yesterday.

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Legislation to Strengthen Compliance with Parity Law Introduced in NY Senate and Assembly

The Legal Action Center strongly supports the proposed Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Report Act, a bill introduced in the New York Senate and Assembly to improve oversight of health insurers’ compliance with state and federal mental health and substance use disorder parity laws.

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Governor Cuomo Takes Important Steps to Protect Healthcare Coverage and Equity in New York

The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for taking important steps to protect the health care of New Yorkers in the context of uncertainty about the future of federal health reform. The Governor’s actions will help ensure that New York does not return to a time when insurers could discriminate against people on the basis of race, gender or previous heath conditions.

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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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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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