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2014 Opiate Legislation Package: Bill Summaries - On June 23rd, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced that an agreement had been reached on a series of bills aimed to combat the ongoing heroin and opioid epidemic in New York State. In total twelve bills were signed into law that will expand access to treatment and services for substance use disorders, provide enhanced penalties for the unauthorized distribution of controlled substances by practitioners and pharmacists, and increase public education programs on the services available to those suffering from substance use disorders. Additionally, a separate provision was codified to expand access to Naloxone, an opioid antagonist used to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. Below is a summary of the various legislative changes.
Lessons from the States: Responsible Prison Reform - In this testimony before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, Urban's Director of the Justice Policy Center, Nancy La Vigne, highlights the lessons learned from responsible prison reform in the states and discusses the federal prison system, its challenges and opportunities for reform. She also discusses the importance of both front- and back-end changes to yield meaningful and lasting reforms.
Voting Laws Roundup 2014 - Voting rights continues to be a highly contentious issue in America. Starting after the 2010 midterm elections, legislators in dozens of states introduced scores of laws to make it harder to vote. Voters and advocates pushed back at the ballot box and the courts. Some lawmakers started pushing laws that improve access to the ballot box.
Click the link to find a regularly-updated, comprehensive roundup of introduced, pending, active, and passed voting bills.
States of Incarceration: The Global Context - This report from Prison Policy Initiative is the first to directly situate individual U.S. states' incarceration practices in the global context, showing that criminal justice policy in every region of this country is out of step with the rest of the world.
What to Do if the Police Take Your Car During An Arrest: A Guide to Krimstock Hearings in New York City - This website is for car owners and drivers whose car has been taken by the police during an arrest. This taking is called a "seizure."
Under the law, if a car was used in connection with a crime, the police department may "seize" it and then seek title to it in a New York court in what is called a forfeiture proceeding. Owners and drivers have the right to a prompt hearing to challenge the police department's hold on the car, while waiting for the forfeiture proceeding to take place. You do not have to wait until the forfeiture proceeding starts to try to get your car back temporarily.
Breaking Down Mass Incarceration in the 2010 Census: State-by-State Incarceration Rates by Race/Ethnicity - Over the last four decades, the United States has undertaken a national project of over criminalization that has put more than two million people behind bars at any given time, and brought the U.S. incarceration rate far beyond that of any other nation in the world. A closer look at which communities are most heavily impacted by mass incarceration reveals stark racial and ethnic disparities in U.S. incarceration rates in every region of the country.
Visit Reentry Net/NY Issue Modules: Padilla Compliance Guide | People's Guide | Employment & Licensing | Housing | Discharge Planning - These modules serve as a starting point for accessing the resources available on Reentry Net, and direct users the most useful and frequently accessed resources from the Library.
Remember to visit our Monthly Mailing Archive for highlighted reports, toolkits, and training materials from the past year.
8/6: Medicaid Managed Care - As more Medicaid applicants/recipients enroll into managed care it is critical that advocates know how the managed care system works. Included in this workshop is a comprehensive overview of the Medicaid managed care system: the types of managed care plans available (Special Needs Plans, Medicaid Advantage, and Managed Long Term Care plans), accessing medical care when enrolled in a plan, selecting and enrolling into a plan, and switching to another plan. The workshop will also cover resolving disputes, filing grievances, and requesting a fair hearing.
Cost of workshop is $50.00. Online registration required at: http://benefitsplus.cssny.org/home/training
8/7: A Political Candidates Forum on Criminal Justice Issues - Hosted by the NY Society for Ethical Culture, this forum represents perhaps the first time in the last two decades that the public will be able to publicly hold politicians accountable specifically on critical criminal justice issues. Until now, theres been virtually no public conversation, debate or accountability on these issues. Politicians have been allowed to remain silent. Registration required at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-candidates-forum-on-criminal-justice-tickets-12155809353
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