Prison Reform

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont rolled out a plan to invest $150 million in small businesses today. Connecticut nursing home workers are planning to strike, New York’s attorney general shades the Nassau County police department, and prison reform advocates want the state to do more for those who’ve been released.

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Criminal justice advocates say they hope to build on victories in recent weeks like the legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana to gain more reforms for members of Black and Brown communities who are incarcerated at a higher rate than white New Yorkers.

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People who are incarcerated have their parental rights terminated at a disproportionately high rate in Connecticut. The rate is much higher among Black and Latino parents, which leads to more children of color placed in adoption.

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Should prisons be abolished? If they are, what would replace them? On the next Full Story, we conclude our two-part series on transforming criminal justice in our region by examining how people are incarcerated. Movements for racial and social equity are challenging conventional concepts of the prison system. And their efforts are having an impact.

Transforming the prison system, a conversation with guests:

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim addresses dozens of guests at the first virtual kick off event for reentry advocacy in February.
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A new coalition working to help make life easier for people starting over after incarceration has kicked off a month of advocacy events. The Connecticut Reentry Collaborative Policy Working Group wants people who served their time to begin with a clean slate — and they support legislation to do just that.