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Conn. Supreme Court Says Law That Reduces Time For Drug Sentences Doesn't Apply Retroactively

Thomas Kienzle

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a 2015 state criminal justice reform law that reduced prison time for certain drug possession crimes does not apply retroactively.

The 6-0 decision Friday says new state laws are only retroactive if they specifically say so.

The ruling came in the appeal of a Waterbury man who was charged with drug possession in 2014 in Stratford, and sentenced to five years in prison in 2016. He argued the new law's intent was to reduce excessive drug sentences and should not be limited to crimes committed after it took effect.

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