Justice grant for $898K hailed as game-changer by NY county exec

A federal grant announced Friday will help people who might otherwise go to jail improve their lives instead


By Altamont Enterprise

ALBANY COUNTY — A federal grant announced Friday will help people who might otherwise go to jail improve their lives instead.

The United States Department of Justice has awarded $898,000 to reinvigorate the Albany Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, known as LEAD.

Based on a program that started in Seattle in 2011, LEAD allows police officers to divert from arrest three categories of people: homeless people, people with drug issues, and people with mental-health problems.

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