Protestors asking for racial justice in policing hold hands in front of police officers before the special session on Thursday, July 23 at Connecticut State Capitol. Yehyun Kim / CT Mirror

This week on “Steady Habits,” we gain insight into the most contentious vote from last week’s special legislative session: police reform. In this two-part conversation, Host John Dankosky breaks down the debate and vote in last week’s General Assembly session, what you need to know going into this week’s Senate session, and how we can best tackle such divisive territory going forward.

The State Senate takes up a controversial police reform bill this week, after what many saw as a raw and emotional overnight debate on the floor of the House. The bill, pushed by progressive Democrats following the death of George Floyd, passed along party lines, and was the subject of demonstrations in support of both Black Lives Matter and police outside the capitol.

This week on “Steady Habits,” The CT Mirror’s criminal justice reporter Kelan Lyons joins us, along with Ndidi Moses, past president of the Connecticut Bar Association and an assistant U.S. Attorney. She’s leading efforts to bring sides together to talk. “To change, you have to get out of your comfort zone,” Moses says.

John is CT Mirror's Director of Events. A well-known and highly-regarded radio personality and moderator, he divides his time between CT Mirror — where he heads up our events program and serves as a multi-platform consultant — and the NPR / PRI program Science Friday. Previously, John was executive editor of the New England News Collaborative and the host of NEXT, a weekly program about New England. He also appeared weekly on The Wheelhouse, WNPR’s news roundtable program. His 25 years in public media also include serving as vice president of news for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, host of WNPR’s Where We Live, and regular fill-in host for the PRI program Science Friday in New York. He was twice recognized by PRNDI as America’s best public radio call-in show.