The historic declines coincide with a demand for equity as racial disparities in the incarcerated populate have widened during COVID-19.
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As Lamont touts Clean Slate proposal, advocates push broader reforms
Gov. Ned Lamont wants to automatically clear low-level misdemeanors. Advocates want felonies and more serious crimes included in the automatic pardon process.
Criminal Justice Commission taps Richard Colangelo as chief state’s attorney
The appointment came after a daylong series of interviews of four finalists, who grappled with prosecutors’ role in high rates of incarceration nationwide.
Commission to interview four finalists for chief state’s attorney role
All four applicants responded to the ACLU of Connecticut’s survey.
With an eye on the future, ACLU Smart Justice surveys chief state’s attorney applicants
Drawing on a tactic they used in the gubernatorial election, criminal justice reformers seek to get applicants’ views on public record.
Public weighs in on Connecticut’s search for its next chief state’s attorney
Advocates view the selection of a new chief state’s attorney as a chance to further Connecticut’s criminal justice reforms and reduce the system’s racial disparities.
Senate passes prosecutorial transparency bill
The bill is intended to open the black box of prosecutorial discretion.
Opening the ‘black box’ of prosecutorial discretion
Everyone from prosecutors, the ACLU, and the governor are nearing a consensus on how to create a window into how prosecutors make decisions.
ACLU of Connecticut unveils latest criminal justice priorities
They call it “Smart justice.” Three formerly incarcerated Connecticut residents working for an American Civil Liberties Union campaign unveiled a pair of legislative proposals on Thursday that dovetail with the organization’s nationwide initiative to end racial disparities in the justice system and cut the prison population in half.
ACLU’s new twist on lobbying for justice reforms
These lobbyists offer a personal perspective on criminal justice.
Gubernatorial candidates split on justice reforms, but quietly
Overlooked in a campaign consumed by fiscal issues, criminal-justice reforms enacted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy are a quiet wedge issue in the race to succeed him, with Republican Bob Stefanowski taking advice from the governor’s loudest critic on crime, Sen. Len Suzio of Meriden. Democrat Ned Lamont and independent Oz Griebel say Malloy got this one right.