Connecticut has enacted the most far-reaching sentencing reforms of any state in recent years, says The Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group advocating alternatives to incarceration. In a new report, the organization says Connecticut is one of nine states to address probation and parole issues by incrasing the use of community supervision and limiting returns to prison.
Overall, the project counts 22 states that passed laws between 2004 and 2006 designed to limit prison population growth. Of these, 13 states aimed to divert low-level drug offenders from prison to treatment. The project acknowledges that despite these and other laws, the nation’s prison population grew 7 percent from 2000 to 2005 “and restrictive sentencing policies continue to be enacted.”