Criminal Justice Reform

The Connecticut State Capitol Building in Hartford
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Connecticut GOP lawmakers are proposing legislation to deal with an uptick in car thefts compared to last year. They’d like Democrats to agree to a special legislative session to discuss the package, but Democrats said the new measures are not necessary.

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Criminal justice reform advocates in Connecticut are pushing back on Governor Ned Lamont’s concerns about a new law he signed on Thursday. They said the measure that erases the criminal records of nonviolent offenders who’ve served their time is the strongest in the nation.

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The 2021 New York legislative session is in its final hours, with many items yet to be resolved. Criminal justice reforms continue to dominate at the end of the session, just as they have for the past two years.

Here’s a look at what seems to be in, and what seems to be out.

The New York Capitol Building in Albany
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An apparent deal has been reached between the New York state Senate and Assembly on several criminal justice measures, including the sealing of some criminal records to give convicts a second chance in life, and a measure to hold gun manufacturers legally liable for people who commit crimes with their guns.

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As the New York state Legislature’s session draws to a close, lawmakers are considering several criminal justice changes, including what’s known as the Clean Slate legislation. It would expunge some criminal records for those who have already served their time in prison.