Under Gov. Dannel Malloy’s leadership, Connecticut has repealed the death penalty, closed prisons, decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, raised the age from 16 to 18 at which defendants are tried as adults for most crimes, streamlined the process for parole and pardons, and reduced penalties for non-violent drug crimes.
FIrst Step Act
Taking a page from Conn., Congress approves criminal justice reforms
WASHINGTON – In a bipartisan vote Thursday, the U.S. House approved a criminal justice reform bill and sent it to the White House, where President Donald Trump has said he would eagerly sign it. The legislation adopts some of the steps outgoing Gov. Dannel Malloy has promoted, including expanding credit for good behavior that allows prisoners to shave time off their sentences.