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.