The bill passed over the concerns of Republicans who said it didn’t go far enough and Democrats who worried it would harm children of color.
The preliminary figures support the theory that Connecticut’s car theft spike was due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.
Republicans continue to spar with advocates over how to respond in an election year to an uptick in gun violence and car thefts.
The summer of car thefts entered a new season, with data to fuel the debate about crime sweeping the legislature.
The debate about juvenile crime, while showing differences between the parties in style and substance, is hardly a new one.
Republicans were concerned about a provision in one bill that would erase certain juvenile records.
In 1991, there were 26,254 car thefts in Connecticut. In 2019, there were 5,964.