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House Democrats say Malloy’s bail reform bill is dead for 2016

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, right, and House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz talk to reporters Thursday.

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, declined Thursday to call Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s bail reform legislation for a vote, effectively killing of the measure for 2016. Sharkey told reporters after a House Democratic caucus that legislators support the governor’s goal of ensuring that no one is jailed only for an inability to afford bail, but they had too many questions about his approach. Continue Reading →

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Malloy bows to legislature, narrows ‘Second Chance’ to bail

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy publicly acknowledged Tuesday what has been increasingly clear: The only portion of his “Second Chance” criminal justice reforms with a chance of passage in special session this week is a provision eliminating bail for minor crimes. Legislators effectively set a deadline of Thursday for agreeing on the parameters of a bail measure. Continue Reading →

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Malloy zings GOP on bail reform, gets counter from Fasano

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Scott X. Esdaile of the NAACP.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut leader of the NAACP pushed back Monday at Republican opposition to Malloy’s proposed bail reforms, casting them as an overdue blow for racial and economic equality. One GOP leader said Malloy was playing the race card, while another made a counter offer. Continue Reading →

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Senate postpones vote on Malloy’s ‘Second Chance 2.0’

The governor's chief of staff, Brian Durand, heads to his office for bad news from the Senate.

The Senate postponed a plan to adopt Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s signature proposal to reform the bail and juvenile-justice systems after a tense day of negotiations Thursday over revisions aimed at bolstering Democratic support and blunting Republican opposition in an election year. The House now will make the first attempt at passing the bill. Continue Reading →

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Outside budget spotlight, one of Malloy’s key bills languishes

Beth Chapman, who starred with her husband, Dog the Bounty Hunter," in a reality TV show, greeted visiting school kids at the Capitol. She was lobbying against bail reform.

Updated 1 a.m. Tuesday
The Senate delayed a vote Monday on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s major criminal justice initiative, An Act Concerning a Second Chance Society, raising questions about whether it had sufficient Democratic votes to pass before the session ends at midnight Wednesday. Other bills were being held as leverage in budget talks. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: Raise the age for juvenile justice system to 20

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaking at the UConn law school Friday.

In a major policy speech Friday at a criminal-justice symposium, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed overhauling Connecticut’s bail system and making the state the first in the U.S. to treat defendants as juveniles up to age 20. Both proposals could significantly lower incarceration rates. Continue Reading →

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