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D.A. Details New Opportunities Available To Albany County Residents

D.A. Details New Opportunities Available To Albany County Residents, WAMC, Dave Lucas, October 3, 2017.

Excerpt: When Soares first introduced “Clean Slate” initiatives in June, Alice Green of the Center For Law and Justice noted that there are a number of non-violent felons stuck in the prison system.  “They should be out in the community where the community should be helpful to them.” To be eligible under the new statute, a person who was formerly incarcerated would have had to walk out of the Department of Corrections 10 years ago.  “If that person received a sentence of probation, it’s not at the termination of probation, it’s at the date of the sentencing.” Continue>>

Capital Region police efforts highlighted at addiction recovery event

Capital Region police efforts highlighted at addiction recovery event, Times Union, Claire Hughes, October 2, 2017.

Excerpt: The city’s LEAD program enables police to avoid jailing so-called “frequent flyers” in the first place, and to divert them to services that could help them abstain from drugs. Through the 17-month program, police officers have the option of calling a case manager instead for people with substance abuse problems, explained Keith Brown, director of health and harm reduction at Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice, which shepherded the launch of Albany’s program. Continue>>

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.