The historic declines coincide with a demand for equity as racial disparities in the incarcerated populate have widened during COVID-19.
Gov. Ned Lamont wants to automatically clear low-level misdemeanors. Advocates want felonies and more serious crimes included in the automatic pardon process.
The appointment came after a daylong series of interviews of four finalists, who grappled with prosecutors’ role in high rates of incarceration nationwide.
All four applicants responded to the ACLU of Connecticut’s survey.
Drawing on a tactic they used in the gubernatorial election, criminal justice reformers seek to get applicants’ views on public record.
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.
The bill is intended to open 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.
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.
These lobbyists offer a personal perspective on criminal justice.
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.