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May 26, 2016

Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty Repeal For All, Including Those On Death Row

by Christine Stuart | May 26, 2016 1:45pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo The Connecticut Supreme Court declined to reverse a previous decision that found the death penalty was unconstitutional for all, including the 11 inmates left on death row after the General Assembly prospectively abolished the practice in 2012.

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May 25, 2016

Republicans Critical of Automatic Voter Registration Agreement With DMV

by Christine Stuart | May 25, 2016 2:41pm

Christine Stuart photo An agreement between Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Department of Motor Vehicle Commissioner Michael Byzdra to develop an automatic voter registration system is an unnecessary and expensive proposition. That was the message from four Republican lawmakers who held a press conference Wednesday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to criticize the decision.

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May 23, 2016

Malloy Push for Second Chance 2.0 Continues

by Christine Stuart | May 23, 2016 4:59pm

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continues to hold almost daily press conferences about his legislative proposal to change how bail works and how 18- to 20-year-olds who commit non-violent crimes should be treated.

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May 16, 2016

Sharkey Says It’s Up To Malloy To Make His Case On Second Chance Legislation

by Christine Stuart | May 16, 2016 4:42pm

Christine Stuart photo Outgoing House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said Monday that he supports Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s efforts to reform the criminal justice system. But he said it will be up to the governor to make sure the House has the votes.

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Malloy Continues To Muscle Forward With Second Chance 2.0

by Christine Stuart | May 16, 2016 1:46pm

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has not been shy about his desire to expand last year’s Second Chance law, which eliminated mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses.

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May 13, 2016

House Hits Pause Button On Malloy’s Second Chance Bill

by Christine Stuart | May 13, 2016 9:14pm

Christine Stuart photo Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was confident Friday morning that there was enough support in the House to approve his package of criminal justice reforms, but that confidence faded after a day of backroom talks and vote counting.

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Senate Hedges On Second Chance Bill

by Christine Stuart | May 13, 2016 12:41am

Christine Stuart photo A bill that would change who is considered a juvenile by the courts and modify the bail system didn’t get called for a vote Thursday by the Senate because, according to Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, it was unclear if the House had the votes.

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May 12, 2016

Minority Drivers Less Likely To Be Pulled Over After Dark

by Steve Majerus-Collins | May 12, 2016 7:00pm

STEVE MAJERUS-COLLINS Nine Connecticut police departments and a state police troop showed racial and ethnic disparities in traffic stops they made over a 12-month period, according to a new study by Central Connecticut State University’s Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy.

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Senate Leaders Remain Confident In Thursday Budget Vote

by Christine Stuart | May 12, 2016 5:30am

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 7:30 a.m.) Several key documents related to the 2017 state budget weren’t posted until after midnight on the night before the Senate was expected to convene a special session to make adjustments to close a nearly $1 billion deficit.

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May 11, 2016

11th Hour Attempt To Save Commissions Falls Flat

by Jack Kramer | May 11, 2016 10:33pm

Contributed photo Advocates held a press conference Wednesday to denounce plans by Democratic legislative leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to consolidate six legislative commissions into two. But their concerns went largely ignored because of the size of the state’s budget problem.

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