Man Up! program helps distressed communities, works to keep ex-offenders out of prison

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NEW YORK – Andre T. Mitchell has been running a program to help ex-offenders and other members of the community live better lives. Mitchell believes one bad situation should not change an entire system that has been working for years.

Mitchell said, “these diversion programs and alternatives have done tremendously well for thousands of people especially those who come through my organization, 'Man UP!'."

However, Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing for bail reforms in the wake of the shooting death of a New York City police officer.

De Blasio said he wants judges to consider whether defendants pose a threat to the public when setting bail or steering them into drug diversion programs and don’t allow offenders to qualify for programs easily.

Tyrone Howard had been referred to drug court and was out on bail when he allegedly shot and killed Police Officer Randolph Holder on Tuesday.

De Blasio's advocacy for higher bail for violent suspects will be presented to the state for law, and he wants the governor to immediately take action. The new law would be named after officer Holder.

Meantime, Mitchell just hopes everyone who deserves a second chance gets one.

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