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Cuomo Advancing 12 Measures For Released Inmates

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The Cuomo administration is planning 12 measures intended to help prison inmates return to communities by lowering barriers to housing, health care and hiring.

The measures were recommended by advocates and experts on prison re-entry tasked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year.

For subsidized housing, new guidance will prohibit rejecting applicants based solely on a criminal conviction, requiring operators consider each applicant's case, seriousness of their offense, time elapsed since and evidence of rehabilitation.

New guidance for state agency hiring says applicants won't have to disclose past convictions unless they've been interviewed and the agency is interested in hiring them.

Expanded Medicaid enrollment efforts will continue, with added housing and treatment capacity for mentally ill inmates returning to New York City.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.