Questions about office tensions were addressed before Richard Colangelo was reappointed as Connecticut’s chief state’s attorney on Tuesday.
Many law enforcement officials are using George Floyd’s death to support police reform in Connecticut. Not Chief State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo.
“The pandemic should be first and foremost on their mind when they’re looking at these cases,” says Richard Colangelo.
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.
“The idea is not to be throwing people in jail, but to change behavior,” said New Haven Alder Abigail Roth.
John J. Russotto, who has worked for the Division of Criminal Justice for 22 years, will serve as the acting chief state’s attorney after Kevin Kane retires on Nov. 1.
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.
Those interested in criminal justice can weigh in on the search for the next chief state’s attorney at a forum in the Legislative Office Building this afternoon, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Kevin T. Kane’s retirement as chief state’s attorney comes at a watershed moment in what is expected of prosecutors.