Almost a year after a deadly break-in that ended with the deaths of three members of a Cheshire, Ct. family, a new crime of “home invasion” becomes law tomorrow in Connecticut, the Associated Press reports. It was passed during a special legislative session convened as a result of the deaths of 48-year-old Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.
As of tomorrow, a person commits home invasion by entering or remaining unlawfully in an occupied home, with the intent to commit a crime. It is punishable by 10 to 25 years in prison, with a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence. Another new law sets aside nearly $10 million to increase staffing at criminal justice agencies. It will add correction and parole officers, more probation officers to monitor sex offenders, and more staff for state police major crime squads. Funding is available to expand a global positioning system that monitors offenders on parole. More alternative housing is provided for offenders.