Former state Sen. Ernie Newton was at the state Capitol complex to let people know just how difficult it is for convicted criminals to live a normal life after leaving jail — a problem he knows about first hand.

Ernie Newton testifies

Newton served a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of corruption.

His bid to be re-elected to the Senate this year was unsuccessful.

Newton was at the Capitol complex to testify on a proposal being considered by the Connecticut Sentencing Committee that attempts to remove the housing and employment barriers that those released from prison face because of their criminal backgrounds.

“When a person comes out of prison and he wants to re-engage him or herself in society, they are met with resistance,” he said. “Being an ex-felon is almost discriminatory. Everywhere you go, the door is closed on you.”

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