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memo of opposition: hb 5524

The Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice OPPOSES HB 5524 – Increasing the Penalty for the Sale of Fentanyl Connecticut has made progress toward ending the war on drugs; we should not turn back now. Connecticut has a lengthy history of progressive legislation related to addiction, particularly in relation to the overdose crisis.  While […]

international end violence against sex workers day

Reflection by Kenyatta Thompson Next Friday, December 17, will mark the 15th anniversary of the International End Violence Against Sex Workers Day. This day was first recognized in the United States in 2003 in response to the murders of sex workers in Seattle, Washington. The Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP), who first organized this day, urge […]

city heads west for a policing lead

New Haven Independent Eleven New Haven officials and activists flew to Seattle to seek an effective alternative to locking up street hookers and nonviolent drug abusers. They come home convinced they found it. At least three of the mission’s members said they did. Now they plan to bring the idea to downtown and the Hill […]

call today: knife rights’ ny knife law reform bill to gov cuomo – let’s get it done!

Before It’s News Gilbert, AZ After three years of effort, Knife Rights’ Gravity Knife and Switchblade Law Reform Bill, S6483-A/A9042-A, has been transmitted to Governor Cuomo. If you live, work or travel in New York, or plan to, CALL the Governor TODAY! The Governor now has 10 days (excluding Sunday) to sign or veto the bill (in other words, […]

portland pilot program gets people charged with low level offenses help, not jail time

The Skanner To lower the number of people entering the criminal justice system, a program called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD, puts treatment ahead of arrests. In the coming months Portland will be introducing the still largely experimental program that offers social services to individuals possessing small amounts of cocaine, meth or heroin. Originally […]

spending per inmate in city jails reaches $132,019

Amsterdam News The rate of fight and assault infractions in New York City jails skyrocketed 25 percent in Fiscal Year 2016, even as per-inmate spending grew to $132,019 and the average daily number of inmates fell to a 33-year low of 9,790, according to a new analysis released by New York City Comptroller Scott M. […]

less crime, and fewer incarcerations

Harvard Overflowing prison populations and high rates of violent crime once made New York City a metaphor for the urban decay confronting America’s cities. But over the last two decades crime in the nation’s largest city has declined steeply, with murders plummeting from 2,200 in 1990 to 350 in 2015. Given the popularity of incarceration […]

taking the lead

kboo Hosted by: Doug McVay Produced by: KBOO Program: Prison Pipeline Air date: Mon, 09/05/2016 – 6:30pm to 7:00pm Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a pre-booking diversion pilot program. It was originally developed with the community to address low-level drug and prostitution crimes in the Belltown neighborhood in Seattle and the Skyway area of unincorporated King County. The program […]