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Low-Level Drug Offenders Find New Source of Addiction Help

Posted on Apr 20 , 2016 in News

Low-Level Drug Offenders Find New Source of Addiction Help, New York Times, April 11, 2016.

Excerpt: “When pondering how to keep low-level drug offenders out of jail, officials in Albany, New York, faced a challenge: How could they pay for a case manager to coax addicts onto the straight and narrow, sometimes by tracking them down on the streets? The money turned up in a previously untapped source: President Barack Obama’s health care law, which by expanding Medicaid in some states has made repeat drug offenders eligible for coverage, including many who are homeless or mentally ill and have never been covered before. The idea could make the joint federal and state health insurance program for the poor into a new tool for shifting addicts out of the criminal-justice system. Advocates hope to prove that the concept works, possibly paving the way for more cities to try it as an alternative to the drug war.” Continue>>

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The Ambitious Plan To ‘Fix’ Local Jails

Posted on Apr 20 , 2016 in News

The Ambitious Plan To ‘Fix’ Local Jails, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, April 14, 2016.

Excerpt: “Criminal justice issues all over lately. A new report out of Chicago on all-too-obvious trust and race problems with the Chicago Police. Bill Clinton, grilled on his 1990s anti-crime push and our packed prisons. Black Lives Matter raging, ever since Ferguson. A new initiative looks to go local for a fix. To our local jails. They too are packed with the poor. And the channels in and out have everything to do with the big picture. Up next On Point: race, poverty and fixing jail.” Continue>>

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New program aimed to help stop crime cycle

Posted on Apr 01 , 2016 in News

New program aimed to help stop crime cycle, CBS 6 (WRGB), March 31, 2016.

Excerpt: “A new program is coming to Albany County, with an eye to stopping what some call “the cycle.” The cycle happens when low-level criminals are put in jail, instead of getting help for underlying problems like substance abuse or poverty. The new program is called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion — LEAD — and would connect criminals with a case manager to help them along. The program started in Seattle five years ago. Since then, the city reports a 58 percent decrease in repeat offenses.” Continue>>

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Albany launches LEAD diversion program

Posted on Apr 01 , 2016 in News

Albany launches LEAD diversion program, Times Union, Paul Grondahl, March 31, 2016.

Excerpt: “Alice Green shook her head in amazement at former adversaries gathered — black and white, cops and activists, prosecutors and social workers — to announce a new collaboration that will divert low-level criminals away from jail and into treatment services for addiction and mental illness.’This historic moment could not have happened 10 years ago,’ said Green, the city’s foremost black activist and head of The Center for Law and Justice, where Thursday’s news conference was held. Green railed for decades against disproportionate rates of arrest and incarceration for blacks.” Continue>>

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Albany rehab program to replace jail time for some low-level offenders, WYNT, March 31, 2016.

Posted on Apr 01 , 2016 in News

Albany rehab program to replace jail time for some low-level offenders, WYNT, March 31, 2016.

Excerpt:”A different approach to law enforcement in Albany is about to get underway with the launch of a new initiative. It’s designed to reduce low-level arrests and racial disparity in the criminal justice system. This is a program two years in the making. It will officially go into effect on Friday. City and county leaders are anticipating positive results. The program is called LEAD, which is an acronym for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion. It does exactly what it says. Police officers will use their discretion to divert low-level offenders to a case manager, instead of the criminal justice system. That case manager will then refer the offender to a targeted service like drug treatment” Continue>>

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LEAD Launch: Smart Criminal Justice Reform Begins In Albany

Posted on Apr 01 , 2016 in News

LEAD Launch: Smart Criminal Justice Reform Begins In Albany, WAMC, Dave Lucas, March 31, 2016.

Excerpt: “Dr. Alice Green is director of the Center for Law and Justice:  ‘We’re at last collaborating with each other. Law enforcement. Business community. Service providers. We recognize that we have a serious problem. We’re incarcerating too many people. The criminal justice system cannot deal with those problems that people go in with. We can do it better in the community.’ Green says police officers are being trained using certain criteria to determine if individuals can benefit from a diversion program. ‘It’s not gonna change the entire system, as I think many people recognize. But it’s a beginning step.'” Continue>> 

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Phase One of Albany’s LEAD Program Launched

Posted on Apr 01 , 2016 in News

Phase One of Albany’s LEAD Program Launched, TWC News, Karen Tararache, March 31, 2016.

Excerpt: “The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, or LEAD, will give Albany police officers the power to choose what path an offender of a low-level crime will take.’Instead of the police using their discretion to put people in prisoner jail or arrest, they will actually use their discretion to send people to a case manager,’ Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Dr. Alice Green explained. In its first phase, about 30 individuals will end up at the Catholic Charities in Albany, where one case manager will offer treatment through various social services.”

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Restorative justice also boosts school climate

Posted on Mar 28 , 2016 in News

Restorative justice also boosts school climate, Cabinet Report, Alisha Kirby, March 21, 2016.

Excerpt: “Restorative justice techniques often used to lower suspension and expulsion rates may also boost school climate by strengthening relationships between students and teachers, according to a recent study. The report, “Restorative Justice in U.S. Schools,” found that in 70 percent of cases, teachers’ respect for students improved, and in 75 percent, students’ respect for teachers increased.” Continue>>

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Cities begin to challenge a bedrock of justice: They’re paying criminals not to kill

Posted on Mar 28 , 2016 in News

Cities begin to challenge a bedrock of justice: They’re paying criminals not to kill, The Washington Post, Aaron C. Davis, March 26, 2016.

Excerpt: “Cities across the country, beginning with the District of Columbia, are moving to copy Richmond’s controversial approach because early indications show it has helped reduce homicide rates. But the program requires governments to reject some basic tenets of law enforcement even as it challenges notions of appropriate ways to spend tax dollars.” Continue>>

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Advocates Urge NYS to End Solitary Confinement

Posted on Mar 25 , 2016 in News

Advocates Urge NYS to End Solitary Confinement, Public News Service, March 2016.

Excerpt: “A bill called the Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act is pending in both houses of the New York State Assembly. Chausow says the bill could finally pass this year. But he points out it isn’t necessary to wait for legislators to act. “Governor Cuomo has the power right now to end the torture of solitary confinement and replace it with humane and effective alternatives,” he stresses. Extended isolation has been shown to have serious and lasting effects on the mental and physical health of people in prison.” Continue>>