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Connecticut’s total incarcerated population dropped by 524 in March. That is the single biggest one month decline in our state’s history. Yes, COVID-19 was a factor, but this dramatic acceleration is part of a continuing 12-year downward trend in both incarceration and reported crime.
Sequestered in our homes against threat of COVID-19, we’re like the occupants of lifeboats around a ship foundering in mid ocean. Our chances of reaching safety unscathed appear better for being off the ship, but not guaranteed.
COVID-19 has taken the country by storm. The news outlets and media relate the dire news 24/7—we are inundated with statistics of morbidity and sadly, mortality. However one story that is missing but that needs to be told, is the plight of the millions of immigrants who are also in the path of this non-discriminating enemy.
While current events have understandably diminished attention on the 2020 U.S. Census, which began two weeks ago, the count now underway remains one of the defining events of this year. Fortunately, for a state and nation largely confined to their homes, the Census, for the first time in its history, can be completed online. Or by phone. Or by mail.
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