Albany: Capital Region Chapter to Highlight Local and Statewide Criminal Justice Issues at Annual Meeting

The NYCLU Capital Region Chapter will present seven experts who will address a broad range of local and statewide criminal justice issues at the organization’s annual membership meeting on Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 21 Hackett Boulevard, Albany. The program is free and open to the public. Subjects to be covered include: •  The Taser death of Dantay Ivy in Albany; •  Extending recent gains in public defense services to cover the entire state; •  The need for parole reform; •  Raising the age of criminal responsibility so that children are not incarcerated with adults; •  The drive to establish a state commission to rein in prosecutorial misconduct; •  Recent developments in solitary confinement regulations in state prisons; •  The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program recently begun in Albany to divert low-level offenders from jail to treatment services. Bill Bastuk, chairman and founder of It Could Happen to You. Colin Donnaruma, president of the NYCLU Capital Region Chapter. Dr. Alice Green, executive director of the Center for Law and Justice in Albany. Naomi Jaffe, New York State Prisoner Justice Network, Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration and Parole Justice New York. Karen L. Murtagh, executive director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York. Ariela Perez-Wallach, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Upstate NY. Robert Perry, NYCLU legislative director.