Albany City and County to develop LEAD Program

ALBANY, N.Y (NEWS10) – The City and County of Albany will be announcing a new innovative program to reduce low-level arrest, racial disparities and recidivism.

The new program is called “LEAD” which stands for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion.

There are several people who go in and out of jail without ever receiving the help they need, whether it’s a drug-related, mental health, or housing issues. LEAD is focused on aiding these individuals.

Instead of officers arresting those who commit a low-level crime offense, the program will turn offenders over to a case manager who will get them help.

Law enforcement, public health groups, and business leaders will be working together to develop the program.

LEAD will also prevent the cycle of costly and ineffective arrests for officers.

An official announcement on the program will be made at the Albany Police Department at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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