As you review our 2014 Annual Report, you will notice that the Center remained active and deeply involved with many of the most pressing civil and human rights issues that affect the Capital District Region. Much time was devoted to our campaign to encourage the Governor of the State of New York to engage our state in a thorough review of criminal justice policy, particularly mass incarceration. We believe that such a review would promote a deeper understanding of the impact of the criminal justice system on our poor communities and those of color. That understanding could generate a serious movement towards systemic change in our criminal justice system that we believe harms and unnecessarily controls the lives of far too many people.
We were able to plant the seed and give support for developing a new approach for dealing with drug abuse. Our collaboration with the Drug Policy Alliance of New York , the Albany Police Department, other major law enforcement agencies, government bodies, and health and social service providers has led us in the direction of treating drug use as a health issue.