Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has ordered tough new state parole restrictions for offenders convicted of the kinds of burglaries committed by the two parolees charged with killing three people in Cheshire last week, reports the New Haven Register. The order will require 38 current and future burglary parolees to wear electronic bracelets and be subject to unannounced nighttime checks at their homes, and daytime checks at work. Rell will seek state legislation to classify burglaries committed at nighttime or at an occupied residence as violent crimes, a move that would require anyone convicted of such offenses to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence.
Under current law, inmates convicted on burglary charges are usually required to serve 50 percent of their sentences before becoming eligible for parole. A spokesman said Rell would support legislative action only if lawmakers can consider the matter “in a deliberative way” with full public hearings to allow experts and the public to offer their opinions.” Burglary parolees Joshua Komisarjevsky, 26, and Steven Hayes, 44, have been charged with capital felonies for invading the home of Dr. William Petit Jr. and killing his wife and two daughters.