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(Hartford, CT) In unveiling his budget proposal, Governor Dannel Malloy(D) is backing many of the criminal justice reforms CT 21 has been advocating.
For a complete look at our series of reports on improving state government services, visit our website: www.ct21.org.
Connecticut is proving that smart criminal justice reforms can lead to safer communities, fewer victims, and more opportunity for success. The bill I submit to you today offers a second chance to non-violent offenders:
It reduces penalties for simple drug possession to a misdemeanor.
It unties the hands of our judges by eliminating mandatory minimums.
It streamlines our pardon and paroles process for non-violent offenders.
And it offers ex-offenders new opportunities in finding both a job and a home.
Together, we can give non-violent offenders a second change to be productive members of our community and our economy.
Governor Dannel Malloy - February 18, 2015
A team of UConn economists and researchers said Wednesday morning that state government must invest in education, transportation and high-speed internet networks to ensure long-term economic job growth.
Connecticut began the year with 16,167 inmates in its prisons and jails, the lowest number since John G. Rowland celebrated his second New Year's Day as governor on Jan. 1, 1997. The drop comes as arrests fell by nearly 5 percent in 2014, while the number of young people entering prison has fallen for a half-dozen consecutive years.