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Most of the serious crime in the region is committed against people living in concentrated poverty. The most effective crime-prevention strategy is an anti-poverty strategy. We also need a major new emphasis on community policing, rehabilitation, reentry, restorative justice, and juvenile diversion programs to reduce the rate of recidivism and offer pathways of hope.

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July 14, 2021

Buffalo News: "Citizen panel questions Buffalo police chief on white supremacy in policing"

Deidre Williams |  Jul 14, 2021  Noting a series of alarming incidents around the country, members of a citizens police oversight panel that reports to the Buffalo Common Council on Wednesday questioned Police Commissioner Byron C. Lockwood on the steps being taken …

May 21, 2021

Buffalo News: "Another Voice: 'Clean Slate' law would help the once-incarcerated and their communities"

By: Tanvier Peart and Andrea Ó Súilleabháin | There is no legitimate reason to keep people in limbo when we know that automatic expungement has been proven to work. 

May 11, 2021

Buffalo Advocates Lead Charge During Statewide Town Hall to End Perpetual Punishment & the War on Drugs

On May 10, advocates, organizers, and the directly impacted gathered across the state to call on state legislators to pass three critical bills to end perpetual punishment and the War on Drugs that fuel mass incarceration.

April 4, 2021

Buffalo News: "With repeal of decades-old marijuana laws, police learn new rules to enforce and abide by"

By Maki Becker | April 4, 2021 Just a few hours after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act on Thursday, an email went out to every Buffalo police officer. "Legal update: Repeal of cannabis law," was the title of the memo. The legalization of adult use of …

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Workshop: Alternatives to Police for Mental Health ResponseAugust 18, 2021, 12:30-2 pm

Punitive approaches to mental health crises - like policing and jails - can have significant negative impacts on individuals and communities. Explore what opportunities, resources, and programming can be used in Erie County to shift the community response to mental health needs away from the legal …

Workshop: Alternatives to Police for Mental Health ResponseAugust 18, 2021, 12:30-2 pm

Punitive approaches to mental health crises - like policing and jails - can have significant negative impacts on individuals and communities. Explore what opportunities, resources, and programming can be used in Erie County to shift the community response to mental health needs away from the legal …

Alternatives to Police for Mental Health ResponseAugust 18, 12:30 pm-August 11, 2021 2 pm

Amy Cross-Viola, LCSW-R, of WNY Agents of Change, Nicolalita Rodriguez, LMSW, CHW, of Little People's Victory, Andrew Thompkins of Recovery Options Made Easy, Brooks Denton-Zimmerman, MSW, of PPG, Whitney Walker, MSW, ED of VOICE

Punitive approaches to mental health crises - like policing and jails - can have significant negative impacts on individuals and communities. Explore what opportunities, resources, and programming can be used in Erie County to shift the community response to mental health needs away from the legal …

Alternatives to Police for Mental Health ResponseAugust 18, 12:30 pm-August 11, 2021 2 pm

Amy Cross-Viola, LCSW-R, of WNY Agents of Change, Nicolalita Rodriguez, LMSW, CHW, of Little People's Victory, Andrew Thompkins of Recovery Options Made Easy, Brooks Denton-Zimmerman, MSW, of PPG, Whitney Walker, MSW, ED of VOICE

Punitive approaches to mental health crises - like policing and jails - can have significant negative impacts on individuals and communities. Explore what opportunities, resources, and programming can be used in Erie County to shift the community response to mental health needs away from the legal …