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November 4, 2016

Sentencing Commission Picks Up Where Legislature Left Off On Bail Reform

by Jack Kramer | November 4, 2016 6:30am

HARTFORD, CT — Speaker after speaker implored the Connecticut Sentencing Commission on Thursday to reform the state’s criminal justice and sentencing policies, but no testimony was as passionate as a former inmate, Yale Law School graduate and current public defender who called the current system “a complete farce.”

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September 22, 2016

Not All Opioids Are Equal

by Jack Kramer | September 22, 2016 8:30am

Jack Kramer photo You have to have been living under a rock to not be aware that Connecticut is in the midst of a heroin and opiate crisis.

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August 7, 2016

Retired State Supreme Court Justice Borden Dies at 79

by Christine Stuart | August 7, 2016 9:48pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo Retired Connecticut Supreme Court Justice David Borden died on Sunday at age 79. He was an advocate for a more transparent judiciary, juvenile justice reform, and a proponent for changing the way police conduct criminal identification lineups.

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June 14, 2016

OP-ED | Sound, Unfunded Reform

by Abby Anderson | June 14, 2016 10:08am

This session, the legislature passed landmark legislation to improve our juvenile justice system. Yet the state budget starves that very system for funding. So the question is: What happens to our kids when a groundbreaking law runs up against an austerity budget?

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June 13, 2016

Ganim Rolls Out Bridgeport’s Own Second Chance Society Initiative

by Jack Kramer | June 13, 2016 5:30am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim didn’t hesitate to single himself out Friday as the kind of person who would benefit from his city’s new Second Chance Society Initiative at a news conference at the Margaret Morton Government Center.

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June 7, 2016

More State Employee Layoffs

by Christine Stuart | June 7, 2016 10:12pm

shutterstock Another 19 layoffs were announced Tuesday — in the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Office of Governmental Accountability — bringing the total number of executive branch layoffs up to 712.

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June 2, 2016

House Declines To Raise Governor’s Bail Reform

by Christine Stuart | June 2, 2016 4:08pm

Christine Stuart photo Democratic lawmakers in the House Thursday decided there wasn’t enough support for Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s bail reform proposal to raise the bill.

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June 1, 2016

Malloy Pitches Bail Reform, Encourages House Vote

by Christine Stuart | June 1, 2016 3:31pm

Christine Stuart photo WATERBURY — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy already gave up half of his criminal justice reforms, but it still may not be enough to get the legislation across the finish line Thursday when the House reconvenes for a one-day special session.

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May 31, 2016

UPDATED: Malloy Agrees To Compromise on Second Chance; Special House Session Set For Thursday

by Christine Stuart | May 31, 2016 4:30pm

Kristi Allen file photo (Updated 4:15 p.m.) The House will reconvene for a special session Thursday, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy revised his criminal justice reform package late Tuesday afternoon making it more likely to pass.

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OP-ED | Let’s Talk About Second Chance

by Abby Anderson | May 31, 2016 12:45pm

There are a lot of questions being asked about exactly how the governor’s proposal to treat individuals under the age of 21 in the juvenile court system would be implemented. With respect, they are the wrong questions.

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