New York State Assembly Hearing
Oversight: Examine the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment programs in state and local correctional facilities.
November 14, 2018Read more
By Keith Brown
From October 17th through 21st, Katal staff members: Donna Hylton, Kenyatta Thompson, Lorenzo Jones, gabriel sayegh, and Keith Brown attended the 12th National Harm Reduction Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. During this biennial conference, some of the most creative minds from across the US and abroad come together to address a myriad of complex issues facing the harm reduction movement and to put an end to the harms and injustices caused by the War on Drugs.Read more
With seven consecutive years of increasing overdose deaths, advocates honor the lives lost from the overdose crisis, and demand action from Governor Cuomo.
Albany, NY: Capital Region advocates and families impacted by the overdose crisis took to the state capitol today observe International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) by remembering those lost to overdose, and demand action to prevent future deaths. The regional rally was part of a statewide effort to raise awareness about the crisis of overdose fatalities.Read more
With seven consecutive years of increasing overdose deaths, advocates honor the lives lost from the overdose crisis, and demand action from Governor Cuomo and State Legislators.
Albany, NY: On Friday, August 31st, Capital Region advocates and families impacted by the overdose crisis will observe International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) by remembering those lost to overdose, and demand action to prevent future deaths. Speakers will focus on the prevention, treatment, recovery, harm reduction, and public health policies and interventions necessary to stop overdose deaths and drug-related harm.Read more
By Keith Brown and Lorenzo Jones
Over the last few weeks in New Haven, Connecticut, nearly 100 people have experienced an overdose and other bad symptoms from K2 or “spice.” As authorities and local leaders take action to address the crisis, it’s time to look at the actual factors driving this problem, and demand sensible solutions that protect public health and save lives.Read more
Statement from Advocates and Communities Regarding Senate Bail Reform Proposal in "Big Ugly" Bill S9097
This weekend, the Senate Republicans released a "Big Ugly" bill—S9097—which includes a proposal to “reform” bail practices in New York. This proposal disregards the need for bold and sweeping bail reform that will drastically reduce pretrial detention across the state and end disparities in our jails.Read more
STATEMENT BY COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND ADVOCATES ON THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY PASSING WALKER BAIL REFORM BILL A10137A
For Immediate Release
For inquiries, contact: gabriel sayegh, email@example.com.
(New York): Today, the New York State Assembly took a bold step towards making our criminal justice system fairer by passing bail reform bill A10137A, sponsored by Assemblywoman Latrice Walker. This comprehensive bill will address and rectify the wealth-and race-based disparities that plague our criminal justice system, while simultaneously restoring fairness and equality to a system that routinely punishes poor and vulnerable New Yorkers.Read more
Katal Applauds New York District Attorneys for Joining Calls to End the Overuse of Probation and Parole
As the Chorus of Voices Seeking Reform Grows, Katal Urges State Leaders to Implement Legislative Reforms that will Restructure the Parole and Probation System
Assemblyman Mosley Announces Intention to Introduce Legislation that Addresses Parole
Albany, NY – On May 17th, three New York District Attorneys joined twenty-eight other elected District Attorneys from across the Country calling for an end to the overuse of probation and parole. Currently there are nearly 5 million Americans on probation and parole, a “community supervision” system that is a major driver of mass incarceration in this country. These prosecutors join more than 70 other prominent law enforcement, criminal justice, probation and parole leaders as well as organizations who have also joined the Statement, which is managed by the Justice Lab at Columbia University.Read more
Bill Breaks New Ground for Rights of Women and Transgender People Who are Incarcerated in Connecticut
HARTFORD: Yesterday, the CT House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 13: An Act Concerning Fair Treatment of Incarcerated Women. The bill, supported by Governor Malloy who is expected to sign, establishes a range of rules and reforms intended to protect the dignity and safety of incarcerated women and transgender people, and their families. Changes include: strengthening visitation policies for all prisoners with children under age 18; permitting specific privacy-related parameters for staff of the opposite gender regarding certain people; developing and implementing a policy regarding the safety and protection of transgender inmates; and requires DOC to provide imprisoned female and pregnant prisoners with feminine hygiene products free of charge.Read more
Statement from Marie Ndiaye, Senior Policy Manager, Katal Center for Health, Equity, and JusticeRead more