Drawing on a tactic they used in the gubernatorial election, criminal justice reformers seek to get applicants’ views on public record.
Kane to stay on as chief state’s attorney for another month
Just hours before his retirement was set to begin, Kevin Kane announced he will stay another 30 days to review Hartford State’s Attorney Gail Hardy’s unresolved investigations into five police shootings.
Criminal Justice Commission appoints acting Chief State’s Attorney
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.
Public forum to help determine Connecticut’s next top prosecutor
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.
National unrest sharpens CT’s focus on police-community trust
Despite enacting some of the country’s most progressive police reforms, Connecticut still faces the same questions other states do about whether police are doing enough to enforce the law effectively without infringing on the civil rights of minorities, and if they are doing enough to build trust with their communities.
Proposed change to law on carrying guns draws skepticism
A number of legislators expressed skepticism Thursday about a bill that would allow law enforcement officers to ask to see an individual’s state-issued pistol permit without reasonable suspicion of a crime. Others expressed support for the bill.
House OKs stronger FOI access to arrest records
The House of Representatives unanimously voted Friday for legislation that would declare arrest reports to be public documents under the Freedom of Information Act, reversing a major element of a Connecticut Supreme Court decision.
Connecticut should demand more disclosure by the police
Some key Connecticut legislators are telling us to compromise on how much the people can know about crime and punishment, how much we can know about how the police are protecting the public from alleged criminals. I am not sure how to compromise on the right of the people to know what their government is doing in their name.