Police, Drug Law Reforms Stall in Connecticut House


Two key criminal justice measures–a sweeping police accountability bill and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to overhaul the state’s drug laws–failed to come up for a vote in the Connecticut House of Representatives on the final day of the 2015 session, reports the Hartford Courant. Advocates for the two proposals expressed deep disappointment but also the hope that the bills will be resurrected during a special legislative session in coming weeks.

The stalled package of police reforms sought to bolster the ranks of minority officers and build trust between police and the communities they protect. The measure, which passed the Senate earlier this week, also safeguards the public’s right to videotape police, sets up a new system for investigating cases of police use of lethal force and encourages — but does not mandate — police body cameras for municipal departments. The second piece of legislation, known as the “Second Chance Society” proposal, was designed to give nonviolent offenders an alternative to prison. The measure passed the Senate but got hung up in the House.

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