by Terry Cowgill | Mar 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Consumer Protection | Education | Equality | Law Enforcement | Opinion
It was a bizarre variation on a timeless spring ritual. As high school seniors and their parents sat on pins and needles awaiting word from college admissions offices about whether Billy or Suzie got into Yale — or something less — news broke that 50 people in six states were charged by the federal government for being active participants in perhaps the greatest college admissions scandal in the nation’s history, even as the colleges themselves were held harmless.
On the one hand, it’s hardly surprising. It’s an open secret that being wealthy helps on so many levels: from access to healthcare, to preferential treatment by the criminal justice system, to fancy tax shelters. In the realm of education, the wealthy also can afford to hire standardized test tutors. Finally, we also know that legacy preferences are commonplace in college admissions, or that a major gift can grease the skids for entry.
But even by those already low standards, the indictment handed down last week by the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts was stunning in scope and in the specificity of the fraud and racketeering charges it contained — to say nothing of the effrontery of the degenerate schemes.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Damage Done By College Admissions Scandal Will Be Wide And Deep" »
by Jack Kramer | Mar 12, 2019 4:56pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Courts | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Public Safety
HARTFORD, CT — Law enforcement officials in many towns across the state claim they are being hit by a wave of auto thefts.
Continue reading "Law Enforcement Seeks To Curb Juvenile Car Thefts With Legislation" »
by Lisa Backus | Mar 12, 2019 12:00pm
Posted to: Courts | Law Enforcement | Legal | State Budget
HARTFORD, CT — Despite a $2.4 million budget increase recommended by Gov. Ned Lamont, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane said he’s looking for another $1.5 million on top of that to continue and expand a successful court diversion program while also meeting the needs of legislators who are calling for greater transparency within the Division of Criminal Justice.
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by Christine Stuart | Mar 11, 2019 9:21pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Public Safety | State Capitol
HARTFORD, CT — In order to make it a fully functioning firearm someone would need to machine the partially complete receiver that an anti-gun advocate brought with him Monday to the Legislative Office Building.
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by Christine Stuart | Mar 11, 2019 2:59pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Public Safety
Emotions were running high Monday at the annual Judiciary Committee public hearing on a variety of gun bills.
Continue reading "Anti-Gun Activist Leaves After Texting A Message About What She Would Do With A Gun" »
by Jack Kramer | Mar 11, 2019 12:23pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Public Safety | State Capitol | Guilford
HARTFORD, CT — The mother of a 15-year-old Guilford teenager who killed himself with a gun last year took an unusual approach Monday in trying to sway Judiciary Committee members to support a gun storage law that she believes would have saved her son’s life.
Continue reading "Advocates Call For Safe Gun Storage, Opponents Call For Education" »
by Jack Kramer | Mar 7, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | FOIA | Law Enforcement
HARTFORD, CT — Whether the public should have access to all evidence seized in a criminal investigation was the subject of a Judiciary Committee public hearing Wednesday.
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by Lisa Backus | Mar 5, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Courts | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement
HARTFORD, CT — Judicial Branch officials told members of the Appropriations Committee Monday that Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposed Judicial Branch budget will jeopardize courthouse security and juvenile justice programs.
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by Lisa Backus | Feb 27, 2019 4:20pm
Posted to: Law Enforcement | Public Safety
HARTFORD, CT — From reducing state police trooper shortages and overtime to reorganizing key units, state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner James Rovella told members of the Appropriations Committee Tuesday he’s committed to living within Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposed budget.
Continue reading "Commissioner Admits Cutting Overtime With Trooper Shortage Will Be Difficult" »
by Christine Stuart | Feb 27, 2019 2:54pm
Posted to: Education | Law Enforcement | Public Safety
HARTFORD, CT — The issue of arming teachers came up briefly, but was dismissed by a bipartisan working group that focused on ways to improve school security in Connecticut.
Continue reading "Bipartisan Working Group Keeps Spotlight On School Security" »