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katal newsletter – july 27, 2017

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In this issue:

Albany LEAD in the News

AFJ’s March for Justice – from NYC to Albany

Film Screening and Discussion: Presumed Innocent (1979) 

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albany lead in the news

This week, the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in Albany – for which Katal is a project manager – was featured by WGRZ. In this story, Katal’s Keith Brown explains how LEAD diverts individuals who would be typically arrested or otherwise punished for non-violent offenses away from the criminal justice system, and instead refers them to harm reduction-based case management and outreach services. Albany was the first city in New York to adopt LEAD, and now Erie County is expressing interest in adopting the program. Check out the story here!

afj’s march for justice – from nyc to albany

Katal will be participating in the March for Justice, a historic action being organized by the Alliance of Families for Justice (AFJ), to call for the closure of Attica prison and bring attention to the human rights abuses in prisons and jails throughout New York. The march will begin in New York City on Saturday, August 26 and it will end with a major press conference and rally in Albany on Wednesday, September 13, the anniversary of the 1971 Attica uprising and massacre. During these 18 days, marchers will travel on average 10 miles a day with press conferences and teach-ins along the way. We are very excited to participate, and we hope that you will support in any way that you can! Aside from marching, there are plenty of ways to help – with driving, making calls, or even food preparation. For more information, visit

film screening and discussion: presumed innocent (1979) 

Join us next Saturday, August 5th at 7:00 PM for a special film screening of Presumed Innocent (1979) followed by a panel discussion with Katal’s Policy Strategist, Mo Farrell, and filmmaker Claude Beller. The film captures a critical inside look at the conditions of the House of Detention of Men (HDM) on Rikers Island in the late 1970s, with perspectives of inmates, guards, judges, lawyers, and other criminal justice officials. Hosted by the Interference Archive in Brooklyn, the event will provide an opportunity to discuss the role that filmmaking plays in raising awareness, and the current organizing efforts of the #CLOSErikers campaign.

The event is free and open to the public. Check out the Facebook event, and mark your calendars for this important screening and discussion!

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