Gov. Ned Lamont wants to automatically clear low-level misdemeanors. Advocates want felonies and more serious crimes included in the automatic pardon process.
Drawing on a tactic they used in the gubernatorial election, criminal justice reformers seek to get applicants’ views on public record.
The bill will make it easier to track decisions about charges, diversionary programs, bail requests, plea deals and sentencing recommendations.
These lobbyists offer a personal perspective on criminal justice.