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Like Senate, House defers vote on Malloy’s ‘Second Chance 2.0’

Michael P. Lawlor, the governor's criminal justice adviser, lobbying Rep. Bruce Morris

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, postponed a vote Friday on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to reform the bail and juvenile-justice systems, underscoring the administration’s difficulties in finding sufficient votes for the governor’s signature criminal-justice bill. Continue Reading →

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A lesson on crime, redemption and trees at Yale

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, William Tisdale, David Pabon, Donald Williams, Robert Rawls and Don Jusino.

It’s all a bit movie-of-the-weekish, mixing ex-cons, the Ivy League, and a goal of reforesting a city famously hit hard by Dutch elm disease. But it’s been working for a half dozen years now, boasting a high survival rate for the trees and low recidivism for the guys. Continue Reading →

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Malloy dubs bail, sentencing reforms as ‘Second Chance 2.0’

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy exits the Citadel of Love, a church where he outlined his Second Chance 2.0.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy came to the Citadel of Love, a black church in the North End of Hartford, on Thursday to roll out “Second Chance 2.0,” a second round of proposals to negate the permanence of criminal mistakes, especially those committed by the young. He will ask the legislature next week to curtail bail for minor crimes, treat many defendants younger than 21 as juveniles and broaden the reach of a record-expunging youthful offender law. Continue Reading →

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At Harvard, hints of what Malloy intends on justice reform

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Vincent Schiraldi at the Havard Kennedy School.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is to present details on his plans for criminal justice reform Thursday in Hartford, but he shared his thoughts on bail reform and treating criminal defendants as juveniles until they turn 21 at Harvard. A preview on what’s to come this week. 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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A bittersweet day for Second Chances in New Haven

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with U.S. Sen. RIchard Blumenthal, Chief Dean Esserman and Rep. Toni Walker.

NEW HAVEN – Waiting for the governor to arrive for the press conference about criminal justice reform, Police Chief Dean Esserman talked shop with Michael P. Lawlor, the governor’s criminal justice adviser. There had been a homicide the previous night, a young man shot on the street. Continue Reading →

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