The Hartford Courant reported
Tuesday that Democratic state legislators will propose major sentencing
reforms during a special session next month in order to reduce the number
of prisoners and the size of the state's $577 million prison budget.
Earlier this year, Democratic legislative leaders failed to pass a similar
measure, instead caving in to Republicans, who did not want to bring the
issue to a vote.
A draft proposal of the legislation
made available to the Courant calls for:
According to the most recent
statistics from the CT Dept. of Correction (http://www.doc.state.ct.us/report/stat20030701.htm),
nearly 3,000 of the state's 19,000 prisoners are drug offenders.
Another 2,293 were serving time for parole violations. Connecticut
taxpayers shell out $72.73 per prisoner per day to keep them there.
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Mandatory parole for most offenses
and early parole for others.
Elimination of mandatory minimum
sentences for drug offenses and certain other nonviolent crimes.
Reduction in the sentencing
disparity between crack and powder cocaine.
The judicial branch and parole
board to submit plans to reduce by 25% the number of parolees sent back
to prison for technical violations, such as failing a drug test or missing
a meeting with the parole officer.
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on Judicial Discretion |
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New Mexico Church Wins Ruling in Ayahuasca Case |
Pakistani Prison Officials Call for Different Treatment of Drug Offenders |
Dutch Government Seeks to Ban Cops from Enjoying Coffee Shops |
Connecticut Democrats to Propose Sentencing Reforms |
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