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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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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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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 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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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’s New Year’s resolution is to be ‘aggressive’

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

It is a holiday week, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is relaxed, at least on the Malloy scale. The New Year marks a midpoint in Malloy’s own up-and-down journey as governor, a natural moment for introspection, to assess where he’s been and think about what lies ahead, starting Wednesday when he begins a second term with a small inaugural parade and an address to a joint session of the General Assembly. Continue Reading →

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