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Fewer applications mean smaller classes, more experiential learning at CT law schools

The recession has not been kind to law schools. The triple threat of rapidly rising tuition, crippling student debt and shrinking prospects of landing a high-paying job right away have resulted in a 30-year national low in law school applications. Connecticut’s law schools have not been immune to this dramatic shift and have responded by […]

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Mirror forum: Young people often lack right skills for CT’s job market, panel says

West Hartford — Thousands of Connecticut college and high school students looking for jobs upon graduation each year are either lured away by the glitter of big cities or simply don’t have the work-ready skills or the entrepreneurial inclination to land a job. But there are plenty of jobs out there if these millennials look […]

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Concerned about community safety, state closes three halfway houses

Citing concerns about community safety and financial difficulties, the Connecticut Department of Correction announced Friday it would terminate its contract with an embattled Norwalk agency to run three halfway houses in Norwalk and Waterbury, including a 20-bed program for women and children in Waterbury. Norwalk Economic Opportunities NOW Inc., known as NEON, runs a 27-bed […]

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As in Connecticut, marijuana legalization spreading across country

Laws and public opinion are shifting on the legalization of marijuana across the country with 40 states, including Connecticut, having proposed or enacted legislation on pot use, according to WestlawNext, an online legal research service. To date, 24 states, including Connecticut, and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use, and another 16 […]

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Connecticut begins to close wide racial and ethnic gaps in prison population

Connecticut has begun to reduce the disproportionate number of blacks and Latinos in its prisons. Since 2008, the numbers of black and Hispanic inmates have fallen by 15 percent each, while the number of white prisoners dropped by a slower 6 percent. The drop is relatively small, but because of policy changes, shifting attitudes and […]

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Connecticut prison population starts to drop after summertime spike

An unexpected spike in the state’s prison population this summer has leveled off, and the population seems to have returned to its overall five-year decline. The number inmates in Connecticut prisons rose steadily every month since April, but dropped slightly for the first time in September and now stands at 17,134, Michael P. Lawlor, Gov. […]

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Task force looks into banning Connecticut pet shops from selling commercially bred puppies

A new legislative task force on puppy mills decided Wednesday it will research and hold public hearings around the state on whether to ban the sale of commercially bred puppies in Connecticut pet shops. During an organizational hearing at the state Capitol, the task force announced it would send a report by January in time […]

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Puppy mill task force getting attention before it even holds first meeting

A so-called “puppy mill” legislative task force is already stirring up a lot of interest from the media and lobbyists before it even holds its first meeting Wednesday morning. The bipartisan task force, which will look into the “inhumane treatment” of puppies and kittens sold to Connecticut pet stores, will hold an organizational meeting at […]

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CT’s multi-pronged approach to reducing recidivism is working

New Haven – After spending years chipping away at it, Connecticut has reduced its recidivism rate to 41 percent, down from 47 percent in 2007. “Six points is a significant drop and makes all the difference to their families,” said William Carbone, executive director of the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division. The success gave […]

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Former Latin Kings gang leader finds redemption as editor

New Haven – From her desk in her small, sunlit apartment, Beatrice Codianni broke a national news story this summer about the women’s federal prison in Danbury.  Codianni’s story, posted on her national criminal justice website, Reentry Central, revealed that the women’s facility was being turned over to house male prisoners, and that the Bureau […]