Kevin Witkos

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National unrest sharpens CT’s focus on police-community trust

Connecticut NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile and New Haven Police Sgt. Shafiq Abdussabar engage in dialogue during a police-community forum in New Haven on July 22. This is one of several such forums that have taken place across Connecticut in the wake of police shootings and the killing of unarmed black men.

Despite enacting some of the country’s most progressive police reforms, Connecticut still faces the same questions other states do about whether police are doing enough to enforce the law effectively without infringing on the civil rights of minorities, and if they are doing enough to build trust with their communities. 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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GOP lawmakers: Open $100 million financial aid pot to undocumented students

Sen. Kevin Witkos

Most Republican legislators on the Higher Education Committee voted Tuesday in favor of opening a $100 million pot of college financial aid to undocumented immigrants. The vote may signal a change of heart among legislative Republicans about providing financial help to undocumented students. Continue Reading →

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