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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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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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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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