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Malloy: Reforms help shrink prison population to a 20-year low

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a prison population milestone outside a correctional facility in Hartford.

Connecticut’s prison population briefly fell below 15,000 inmates this month for the first time in nearly 20 years, a drop Gov. Dannel P. Malloy attributes to the bipartisan passage last year of lowering penalties for drug possession, a reform aimed at reducing incarceration without compromising public safety. Continue Reading →

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Malloy signs CT budget but trims town aid to offset prison costs

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy showed legislators Thursday there was a fiscal price to be paid for rejecting his anti-recidivism proposals. The governor signed the legislature’s $19.76 billion budget for 2016-17 into law, but only after using the rarely employed line-item veto to cancel more than $22 million earmarked for municipalities, health clinics and the Connecticut Humanities Council. 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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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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Looney says budget deal, ‘Second Chance’ are on for Thursday


The leader of the Connecticut Senate said Wednesday night he has the votes to pass Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s criminal justice reforms and last week’s budget deal when the Senate returns Thursday in special session. The House of Representatives has yet to schedule a vote. 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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Judiciary says proposed cuts ‘compromise access to justice’

Judge Patrick L. Carroll III, right, chief court administrator, testifies. At left is Tom Siconolfi, executive director of administrative services for the Judicial Branch.

Cutting $64 million from the previously approved funding for the Judicial Branch next fiscal year would result in hundreds of layoffs and force closure of multiple courthouses and a juvenile detention facility, Judge Patrick L. Carroll III, chief court administrator, told the legislature’s Appropriations Committee. Continue Reading →

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A new approach to prepping women to leave prison

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy listens to inmates Damaris Vega Torres in one of his prison visits. .

EAST LYME — Until three weeks ago, 90 percent of Amy Gully’s daily routine in York Correctional, the state’s only prison for women, was staying in a cell, marking days off a 30-month sentence for embezzlement and waiting her turn to make a phone call home. She told Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that her new routine is dawn-to-dusk activity aimed at preparing her to go home. Continue Reading →

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A governor, a commissioner and a new take on prison

Commissioner Scott Semple and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Dannel P. Malloy is a socially progressive Democratic governor trying to make prison a place for second chances. Scott Semple is a Republican who came of age as a correction official when the primary mission of U.S. prisons was to punish. Together, they are trying to remake criminal justice in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Malloy goes extra mile to thank, challenge these vets

From left, Robert Smith, Warden John Tarascio, Gov. Dannel P, Malloy, Commissioner Scott Semple, Adam Lincoln and Hiram McReynolds at the opening of a reintegration unit for veterans in November.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy thanked his audience of veterans for their service in the preservation of liberty. Malloy caught himself and said, “That sounds a little weird, talking about freedom in a facility like this.” Some of the men nodded. A few smiled. All were prison inmates. Continue Reading →

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Two weeks until The Mirror’s ‘Small State, Big Debate: Race’ event

Two weeks remain until The Connecticut Mirror’s annual event, “Small State, Big Debate: Race” on Oct. 6 at Fairfield University. The full event will feature New York Times columnist Charles Blow as the keynote speaker and also includes sessions on criminal justice with discussions on the governor’s “second-chance society” and policy research. Continue Reading →

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Does closing job centers set back Malloy’s 2nd chance initiative?

The Connecticut Department of Labor job center in Willimantic is among those facing closure.

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently dismissed speculation that the closures would weaken his comprehensive Second Chance Society program, others – including a top lawmaker on both budget and juvenile justice issues – aren’t so sure the administration isn’t working against itself. Continue Reading →

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