Protesters Urge Special Ct. Session on Prisons

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A grassroots organization called People Against Injustice, plans to rally today at Connecticut’s capitol to urge a fall legislative session to deal with proposed sentencing and probation reforms that could curb prison overcrowding, the New Haven Register reports.

House and Senate Democrats will hold caucuses today. The subject of a special session in November is expected to come up, say Rep. Michael Lawlor, House chair of the Judiciary Committee, and Speaker of the House Moira Lyons.

Lawlor and appropriations chair Rep. William Dyson have coordinated public hearings and conferences on research that showed that the state could save as much as $48.1 million annually by shifting resources to treatment for mentally-ill offenders and community-based programs for non-violent offenders.

Barbara Fair of People Against Injustice, said “we don't think it's time to go home until the full job is done, and that job is incomplete as long as [the reform] proposals are being avoided.” People Against Injustice also opposes a new law authorizing another 2,000 inmates to be relocated to prisons out of state to ease overcrowding. Five hundred Connecticut prisoners are housed in Virginia.


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