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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>>

Generational passing of activism’s torch in Albany

Generational passing of activism’s torch in Albany, Times Union, Paul Grondahl, October 24, 2015.

Excerpt: “”It’s exciting to see more young people getting involved because they’ve been at the core of the civil rights movement from the beginning,” said Alice Green, a longtime black activist and founder of the Center for Law & Justice in Albany, which just celebrated 30 years of advocacy for prisoners. Green marveled at the impact on young people of a bestselling 2010 book by Michelle Alexander, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” which critics called “a secular bible of a new social movement.””They understand the connection between policing and mass incarceration and they make politicians and people in power feel uncomfortable,” Green said. “They can organize a march in a matter of minutes with social media, where it used to take weeks of planning many years ago.”” Continue>>

Center for Law and Justice observes 30th anniversary in Albany

Center for Law and Justice observes 30th anniversary in Albany, Times Union, Lindsay Ellis, September 30, 2015

Excerpt: “Conversations about police brutality in Albany today can be traced back decades, civil rights leaders said Wednesday evening as they detailed the history of the relationship between the black community in Albany and officers at an event commemorating the Center for Law and Justice’s 30th anniversary. At the event, the center’s founder and executive director, Alice Green, played a video of her interviewing retired civil rights attorney Peter Pryor. In between clips, Green posed questions to Earl Thorpe and Persell McDowell, former members of the Brothers, a local civil rights group.” Continue>>