Albany LEAD First Year Report

Katal proudly serves as the project director for Albany's innovative Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. Check out our First Year Report which details how LEAD came about in Albany and what's happened since its launch. 

In the first year, the Albany LEAD program has diverted dozens of people from incarceration and has contributed to constructive changes in policing practices and stronger police-community relationships. The Albany Times Union story about the report highlights many of the stakeholders involved. Albany's LEAD program shows that criminal justice reform is moving forward at the local level.


The Affordable Care Act and Public Safety

There is a growing debate in the U.S. about the future of the Affordable Care Act. While much of the debate is political, it is important to understand the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on public safety. Check out our new fact sheet and dashboard about how the ACA and Medicaid are opportunities to strengthen public safety and health.

Produced in collaboration with Daliah Heller, PhD, MPH, (CUNY School of Public Health), the fact sheet explains how a comprehensive approach to healthcare relieves law enforcement, jails, and prisons of the de facto health and social service role they have been forced to fill in the wake of a widespread opioid epidemic, a national housing crisis, and a historically under-funded community health system. 

Coverage and care build capacity on the outside, so health problems aren’t stuck on the inside.


Summary of Select Reports & Papers on Criminal Justice Reform

To assist advocates and organizers in their work to end mass incarceration, Katal conducted an analysis and synthesis of over 30 recent criminal justice reform papers, reports, and reform tools, including the National Research Council’s Growth of Incarceration in the United States. Repeated recommendations throughout the reports revealed that there are key reforms that can be implemented at the local level that don’t require state or federal policy reform, yet would contribute significantly to reducing the number of people incarcerated in jails and prisons or kept under correctional supervision. 


Better by Half: The New York Story of Winning Large-Scale Decarceration while Increasing Public Safety

As Americans grapple with the challenges of and solutions to mass incarceration, we are in need of examples of jurisdictions that have successfully and substantially reduced incarceration rates without jeopardizing public safety. New York City is an insufficiently studied and discussed example of both.  From the mid-90s to the present day, New York City’s incarceration rate has plummeted alongside its violent and overall crime rate, while incarceration rates in the rest of the country and New York State rose.  This leaves New York City as the safest big city in America and one of its least incarcerated. 

The Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ), Justice Strategies, and the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice hosted an event on October 28, 2016 for the launch of Better by Half: The New York City Story of Winning Large-Scale Decarceration while Increasing Public SafetyThe report is co-authored by Judith Green, Executive Director of Justice Strategies, and Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's PCJ.