Thursday Service days at the Center for Law and Justice

Every Thursday at the Center for Law and Justice community members will have free access to:

  • Resource Referrals
  • Advice from a Financial Advisor
  • Legal Information
  • Health Information
  • Health Insurance Assistance

For more information, call 518.427.8361

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Holiday Hope, sponsored by Urban Grief

Title: Holiday Hope, sponsored by Urban Griefl
Location: Parsons Memorial Temple COGIC, 3 Catherine St., Schenectady, NY
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Description: Information and support sessions for all of those dealing with loss this holiday season.
Date: 2016-12-10

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Holiday Hope, sponsored by Urban Grief

Title: Holiday Hope, sponsored by Urban Grief
Location: Union Baptist of Albany, 3 Morton Ave., Albany, NY
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Description: Information and support sessions for all of those coping with loss this holiday season.
Date: 2016-12-16

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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.

 

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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.

 

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