The CT Senate advanced a landmark bill intended to protect historically disenfranchised communities from discrimination at the ballot box.
Stories about the justice system in Connecticut: Law enforcement, courts, prisons and offenders, immigration, juvenile justice, and public corruption.
House OKs bill to give legislature a role in choosing parole chair
The bill would require that the governor receive “advice and consent” from the House and Senate before designating the parole board’s leader.
Sandra Slack Glover withdraws as CT Supreme Court nominee
Sandra Slack Glover couldn’t overcome legislative questions about her commitment to upholding CT’s strong reproductive rights laws.
A month later, defense for Carleton Giles and his 71 commutations
This week, Carleton Giles greeted people who praised his service and called him a victim of political cowardice and fear-mongering.
CT Senate votes to expand parole eligibility for young adults
Under the bill, the CT parole board could consider parole for certain people serving long sentences for crimes they committed under age 21.
Judge nominees who opposed 2011 anti-discrimination bill get Senate OK
The Senate approved former Sens. Paul Doyle, a Democrat, and Jason Welch, a Republican, to serve as Superior Court judges, moving their nominations to the House for another vote.
Biden to nominate CT Judge Vernon Oliver for U.S. District Court
The nomination comes after the Senate confirmed two of Biden’s nominees from CT to sit on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
House confirms Carleton Giles to Board of Pardons and Paroles
Carleton Giles, who oversaw a jump in prison sentence commutations as Board of Pardons and Paroles chair, will return as a board member.
Connecticut is considering major bail reform. But it won’t be easy.
The first step in reforming the Connecticut bail system would be a constitutional amendment, a multi-year process that includes a referendum.
CT Board of Pardons and Paroles halts sentence commutations
The pause in commutations — reductions of prison sentences — comes as CT Republicans have raised concerns over an increase in the last year.
CT public defenders warn of lawsuit if hourly pay remains static
Hourly rates for CT public defenders haven’t increased since 2007, are lower than at other state agencies and are among the lowest in New England.
CT Dems push for ethics code amid Justice Thomas controversy
CT’s U.S. senators want more scrutiny of Justice Clarence Thomas’ deals and raised concerns about the lack of ethics guidelines for justices.
Amid shakeup on CT parole board, questions over commutations
A sudden increase in commutations in CT unsettled lawmakers and raised questions about a power with few limits.
Lamont removes parole board chair over hike in commutations
Gov. Ned Lamont removed Carleton Giles as chair of the Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday in favor of another board member.
Here are 14 justice-related bills the CT legislature may take up
The Judiciary Committee approved a host of justice-related bills that are going to the House and Senate for a possible vote in the coming weeks.