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>>