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.
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
Authors: Judith Greene, Vincent Schiraldi
The Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Justice Strategies, and the Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice, present Better by Half: The New York City Story of Winning Large-Scale Decarceration while Increasing Public Safety.
In this new report, co-authors Greene and Schiraldi examine New York City’s successful 55 percent incarceration rate decline from 1996 to 2014, coinciding with a 54 percent decline in violent crime. At a time when America grapples with the challenges of and solutions to mass incarceration, New York City provides an effective example of replacing incarceration with more informal, less intrusive dispositions and community-based programs, without jeopardizing public safety.
The paper examines the grassroots advocacy and responsive public officials that made New York City one of the least incarcerated cities in the United States. Given the growing, bipartisan consensus to reduce mass incarceration, the authors encourage other states to recognize the success that can be achieved through bold reform agendas, organizational moxie and powerful public engagement, as demonstrated by New York City.