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Should Erie County take ‘LEAD’ in tackling addiction? The DA seeks answers

Should Erie County take ‘LEAD’ in tackling addiction? The DA seeks answers, WBFO 88.7, Michael Mroziak, September 21, 2017.

Excerpt: One of the guests was Dr. Alice Green, executive director of the Center for Law and Justice in Albany. She says one of the benefits of LEAD is that it collects data that helps the community keep police accountable and ensure diversions are considered in a fair and balanced way. “A lot of times, it would allow us to go back to the police department and to LEAD and say something’s wrong here, we’re not diverting as many people of color as we thought,” said Dr. Green. “They look at all of the demographics and say what are we doing. We look at who’s not diverted and who’s diverted.” Continue >>

Center for Law and Justice Receives Grant from the New York Bar Foundation

Albany, NY- The Center for Law and Justice is pleased to announce that on February 17, 2017, it was awarded a $1,500 grant from the New York Bar Foundation in order to support the publication of the Center’s “Connections” resource guide. The forthcoming “Connections” publication is a reimagining of the Center’s long published “On Your Own” resource guide, which has served as an invaluable resource for the Capital District for over a decade. “Connections” will continue the legacy of “On Your Own” by providing an extensive directory of community, social, and legal resources available in the Capital District. Like “On Your Own,” “Connections” will also provide information specifically targeted toward individuals who are transitioning from a period of detention in prison or jail to reentry into the Capital District. This information will include sections on parole, probation, employment, and the rights of those with a criminal conviction. Furthermore, the new “Connections” publication will contain information and topics not previously included in “On Your Own,” as well as updated resource information.  Among this new information will be a greatly expanded “Health” section, which will coincide with the Center for Law and Justice’s push towards more health-based initiatives.

 

The New York Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization that was established in 1950 and provides financial support through grants in order to support the law-related programs of legal services organizations, nonprofits, bar associations and other organizations in New York State. These grants are awarded in order to further the Foundation’s goals of promoting and advancing: service to the public, improvements in the administration of justice, legal research and education, high standards of professional ethics, and public understanding of legal heritage.  The Foundation is supported by charitable contributions from individuals, law firms, and corporations, as well as other entities.

For more information contact the Center for Law and Justice by phone at 518-427-8361 or email Nicholas Connolly at nickcflj@gmail.com.

 

Center for Law and Justice Awarded a $25,000 Grant by NYS Health Foundation

Center for Law and Justice Awarded a $25,000 Grant in Recognition as an Emerging Innovator in New York State
At its 10th Anniversary Celebration in New York City on Thursday, October 20, 2016,   The New York Health Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to each of 5 selected organizations recognized as “Emerging Innovators” poised to improve health and health care by making radical improvements to the state of New York’s health over the next 10 years.  Jean-Luc Neptune, M.D., Partner at Blueprint Health and head judge for the Emerging Innovator Awards, announced the recipients at the event.  The awards recognize new and innovative approaches to tackling some of New York’s thorniest, most persistent health challenges. Working on issues as diverse as food access, criminal justice reform, affordable housing, and post-traumatic stress, all of these organizations use novel approaches to transform the health of New Yorkers. The grant recipients implement a range of approaches to ensure that consumers have the tools, resources, and support they need to make informed decisions about their health care.

Albany’s Center for Law and Justice (CFLJ) is proud to be recognized as one of the 5 “Emerging Innovators” that received a $25,000 grant. The Center is a community-based organization in Albany’s South End focused on issues related to the interactions among health care, poverty, race, and criminal justice in New York’s Capital District. CFLJ has developed the HEAL initiative—Health, Education, Advocacy, and LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion)—to address these interactions. The Health element of HEAL recognizes how powerfully the stress of poverty and racism contributes to relatively poorer health conditions in minority neighborhoods.   The Education element of HEAL  refers to the Center’s informal partnership with health care providers (such as Albany Medical College, the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the University at Albany School of Social Welfare) to identify major health issues in low-income communities, and educate residents regarding prevention and treatment. The Advocacy element of HEAL embodies all that the Center does to promote fairness and equal treatment for all in the criminal and social justice systems, and advance policy changes related to mental health, substance use, and criminal justice.    The LEAD element of HEAL refers to the Center’s role as one of the founders of Albany’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion initiative; with several government and private sector partners, the Center has worked with the Drug Policy Alliance to design a program that diverts low-level offenders from the criminal justice system to appropriate health and social services providers.

The Center recognizes the importance of including communities of color in the development and implementation of health care service programs. This much-appreciated award from  The New York Health Foundation will be used to help support community engagement efforts to coordinate the many aspects of HEAL.

 

Center for Law and Justice Receives Grant from Drug Policy Alliance

Center for Law and Justice Receives Grant from Drug Policy Alliance

Albany, NY- The Center for Law and Justice is pleased to announce that on August 29, 2016, it was awarded a $25,000 grant from Drug Policy Alliance in order to support community engagements programs. Specifically, the grant will help support the Albany Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, the expansion of the Center for Law and Justice’s “Know Your Rights” legal rights education program, and community organizing centered on reparative justice and the creation of a “Truth Justice, and Reconciliation” Commission in New York State.

The purpose of Albany’s LEAD program is to encourage law enforcement to address mental health and drug issues as matters of public health, rather than as crimes. LEAD empowers Albany law enforcement agencies, through collaboration with community partners, to divert those with mental health and drug problems to the appropriate counseling and health services, when possible, instead of locking up struggling members of our community without help.

The Center for Law and Justice’s “Know Your Rights” legal education workshops educate people about their legal and constitutional rights during encounters with the police and teach them how to more successfully manage encounters with law enforcement.  The workshops are facilitated by a knowledgeable attorney, often in cooperation with an officer from the Albany Police Department.

A “Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation” Commission in New York State would help to correct the injustices and inequities resulting from systematically discriminatory law enforcement and criminal justice policies, and address the impact of mass incarceration and the war on drugs in the state. Community organizing efforts would focus on establishing such a Commission and seek reparative justice on the local level with the goal of mending the accumulated negative impact of discriminatory law enforcement policies

The Center for Law and Justice was founded by Dr. Alice Green in 1985 in Albany, NY. For over 30 years the Center has been the Albany area through education and advocacy. The Center for Law and Justice envisions a peaceful, just, and compassionate community that provides each resident with equal access to the goods, services, and opportunities therein. It also seeks the fair and just treatment of all people throughout the civil and criminal legal systems, and works to reduce reliance on incarceration. The Center for Law and Justice strives to achieve its goals by way of several general strategies: prevention and empowerment, community education and outreach, advocacy, and community organizing.

New York City-based Drug Policy Alliance strives to promote drug policies and regulations that are both scientific and compassionate, and centered on health and human rights. Drug Policy Alliance believes such an approach to drug policy is best able to minimize the problems derived from both drug use and drug prohibition.

 

Center for Law and Justice Receives Grant from Barry Alan Gold Memorial Fund

Albany, NY- The Center for Law and Justice is pleased to announce that on August 18, 2016, it was awarded a $5,000 grant from The Barry Alan Gold Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region in order to support the publication of the Center’s “Connections” resource guide.  The forthcoming “Connections” publication is a reimagining of the Center’s long published “On Your Own” resource guide, which has served as an invaluable resource for the Capital District for over a decade. “Connections” will continue the legacy of “On Your Own” by providing an extensive directory of community, social, and legal resources available in the Capital District. Like “On Your Own,” “Connections” will also provide information specifically targeted toward individuals who are transitioning from a period of detention in prison or jail to reentry into the Capital District. This information will include sections on parole, probation, employment, and the rights of those with a criminal conviction. Furthermore, the new “Connections” publication will contain information and topics not previously included in “On Your Own,” as well as updated resource information.  Among this new information will be a greatly expanded “Health” section, which will coincide with the Center for Law and Justice’s push towards more health-based initiatives.

The Center for Law and Justice was founded by Dr. Alice Green in 1985 in Albany, NY. For over 30 years the Center has been the Albany area through education and advocacy. The Center for Law and Justice envisions a peaceful, just, and compassionate community that provides each resident with equal access to the goods, services, and opportunities therein. It also seeks the fair and just treatment of all people throughout the civil and criminal legal systems, and works to reduce reliance on incarceration. The Center for Law and Justice strives to achieve its goals by way of several general strategies: prevention and empowerment, community education and outreach, advocacy, and community organizing.

The Barry Alan Gold Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region is dedicated in memory of Barry Alan Gold, a nationally recognized health law attorney and resident of the Capital Region. The Fund supports organizations whose goal is to improve access to a variety of services in Capital Region of New York State. Supported services fall in the legal, healthcare, childcare, family, and arts fields. The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region has been collaborating with donors and community partners for almost fifty years to strengthen New York’s Capital Region through philanthropy. The Foundation seeks to achieve this mission by way of providing donor services and stewardship for charitable endowments, as well as offering leadership and grants to address community needs.