CT Gov Seeks “Three Strikes,” Stiffer Burglary Penalties


Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell will push again for passage of a “three strikes” law imposing life sentences for repeat violent offenders, reports the New York Times. Her proposals extended a conversation she has been having with the legislature, which is controlled by the Democrats, since of last summer's home invasion in Cheshire in which a woman and her two daughters were killed by two parolees. Last month, legislators approved changes to the criminal justice system and toughened penalties for such offenses as home burglaries and home invasions, but did not pass a three-strikes provision.

Republican proposals to impose long prison sentences on violent repeat offenders were voted down by a wide margin. Rell had offered a compromise of providing for judicial review of an inmate's life sentence after 30 years. Now she says she no longer will entertain the possibility of judicial review. “Now it's three strikes for violent felony convictions and you're truly out,” she said. Rell will urge lawmakers to stiffen the penalties on burglars who enter occupied homes “day or night.” She told a joint legislative session that, “last year, our sense of safety and security was shaken in the wake of the tragedy that occurred in Cheshire. But every day there are tragedies that are occurring throughout the state, and to those involved they are no less horrific.”

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/07/nyregion/07rell.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin

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