The Criminal Justice Commission is awaiting results of an investigation into the chief state’s attorney hiring of an official’s daughter.
It’s not clear what happens next.
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.
“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.