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

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>>

LEAD Launch: Smart Criminal Justice Reform Begins In Albany

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>> 

Phase One of Albany’s LEAD Program Launched

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.”

Maloney pushes pre-booking drug diversion program

Maloney pushes pre-booking drug diversion program, MidHudson News, March 11, 2016.

Excerpt: “Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY18) wants to take a different approach to dealing with the drug problem by establishing a federal Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program.Maloney said the program would be modeled after similar ones on the local level. ‘Instead of running somebody through the criminal justice system, this allows police at their option, to divert immediately to drug treatment people who would otherwise be arrested and the idea on the federal level is to get the Justice Department involved in funding pilot programs to continue to see how this approach works and to put some federal resources behind it,’ he said. Maloney and Congressman Richard Hanna (R, NY-2) heard from police chiefs from Albany, New York and Gloucester, Massachusetts.” Continue>>