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Public News Service - CT: Criminal Justice

Criminal-justice advocates say discrimination based on a person's past criminal record extends punishment long after release. (@skywardkick/Twenty20)

HARTFORD, Conn. - State legislators held a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would expand Connecticut's civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination based on a person's criminal history. The General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees Committee heard testimony on House Bill 6921. The first bill of i

In 2018, Connecticut reported the lowest crime rate in 50 years. (ErikaWittlieb/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Bills to end discrimination against people who've been arrested and to promote transparency in prosecutors' offices are top priorities for criminal justice reform advocates in Connecticut this year. With a new governor and 41 new state lawmakers, the advocacy groups outlined

More that 750,000 people with disabilities are incarcerated in the United States. (USA-Reiseblogger/pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The criminal justice reform bill making its way through Congress will help thousands of people with disabilities re-enter their communities. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 32 percent of people in federal prisons and 40 percent of all people in jail in the Un

Connecticut has the third highest cost of incarceration in the nation. (TayebMEZAHDIA/pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – People who've spent time in Connecticut jails and prisons are asking the state to invest in opportunities for all instead of incarceration. The leaders of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Campaign for Smart Justice know what having a criminal record does to the ab

DNA from sexual-assault evidence kits can link to suspects in the DNA database. (James Tourtellotte/CBP [Public domain])

HARTFORD, Conn. – Legislation to improve the tracking of sexual-assault evidence kits is on its way to Gov. Danell Malloy's desk. After a 2015 survey found almost 1,200 untested kits at law enforcement agencies across Connecticut, the governor established a working group to coordinate their

One of four people surveyed had received fraudulent calls claiming to be from the IRS. (sabinevanerp/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – During tax season, phone calls from criminals posing as IRS agents are on the rise – but help is available to avoid falling victim to these scams. A poll conducted by AARP found that one out of four respondents had received a fraudulent call from someone pretending to

SB 13 would ensure incarcerated women’s access to support before, during and after childbirth. (TryJimmy/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – After a woman gave birth in her Connecticut prison cell, civil rights advocates want legislation to ensure respect for incarcerated women's health, dignity and human rights. The delivery happened last month without medical assistance in the York Correctional Institution in

Other New England states are ahead of Connecticut in restoring voting rights to people in the criminal justice system. (landrachuk/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A bill to restore the vote to thousands of Connecticut residents is getting a hearing Thursday in the General Assembly. The Government Administration and Elections Committee is hearing testimony on HB 5418. If passed the bill would give some 4,000 people who are in custody

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