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Last updated 9:25PM ET
December 11, 2017
WFCR Local News
WFCR Local News
Hearings Begin on CT Corrections Reforms
(wfcr) - Two days of state hearings on how to reform parole and the corrections system in Connecticut began Monday in Hartford. Governor Jodi Rell suspended parole for violent offenders following a triple homicide in Cheshire over the summer. Critics say this is taxing an already crowded state prison system. Republican state Senator John Kissel of Enfield says Connecticut should learn from states such as Virginia, where over a 10 year period the number of nonviolent offenders in state prisons has dropped sharply, enhancing public safety and saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Kissel says he supports a 3 strikes law that would carry long sentences for repeat violent offenders. Parole officer Tonia Mcowan says the state should hire more parole officers and invest in services for parolees that will keep them out of prison.
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