About Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration

Announced in July 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration 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. The Council will submit recommendations to the Governor’s Office for review and potential implementation.

The goals for the Re-Entry Council are to:

  1. Identify barriers to successful re-entry in New York State through an examination of state laws, regulations, and administrative policies pertaining to the formerly incarcerated.
  2. Solicit feedback from a host of stakeholders relating to potential policies, laws and practices aimed at improving outcomes for the formerly incarcerated.
  3. Assess existing programs for effectiveness and identify evidence-based best practices in support of positive outcomes.
  4. Develop coordination strategies between state, local, private and community-based groups in support of successful re-entry.

What is LAC’s involvement?

  • Legal Action Center’s President and Director Paul Samuels is a member of the Council. Samuels is an expert on substance use and criminal justice policy with over 30 years of experience as an advocate, lawyer, and nonprofit leader.
  • Legal Action Center is a member of three Council committees: Health and Benefits, Occupational Licensing and Employment, and Certificates of Relief and Criminal Records Administration.
  • Legal Action Center has advocated for decades for policies to improve reentry and substance use treatment in New York. LAC has recommended policies to the Council that are proven to reduce recidivism and improve health.

Why is the Council important?

Each year, nearly 25,000 people leave New York State prisons and return to the community. They face challenges reintegrating into society including employment and education barriers, untreated mental health and substance use disorders, and homelessness. 40 percent of the formerly incarcerated in New York State recidivate within three years of their release. Better coordination among state agencies and improved policies designed to help people overcome the challenges of reentry would reduce recidivism and improve the health and safety of communities across the state.

Learn more

Visit Governor Cuomo’s webpage announcing the Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration here.

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