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Sentencing Commission: Symposium

On December 7, 2018, the Connecticut Sentencing Commission held a symposium at the University of Connecticut Law School on "Sex Offender Registration and Management: Legal and Evidence-Based Practices." Speakers included Judge Mary Huffman of the Ohio Common Pleas Court, who addressed the issue from a judge's perspective; Professor Eric Janus from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, who discussed effective policies and laws that prevent sexual violence; Eileen Redden, president of the Connecticut Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders, who talked about the collateral consequences of the sexual offender registry; and Dr. Robin Wilson, who addressed the national perspective on this issue. An afternoon panel discussion included Judge Robert J. Devlin, Jr., chair of the Sentencing Commission; state legislators Senator John Kissel and Representative Steve Stafstrom; and Laura Cordes, executive director of the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

The 137 participants included members of the judicial system (judges, state's attorneys, public defenders, probation officers, and other staff from the Judicial Branch); social workers and psychologists; private program providers; victim advocates; police officers; graduate and law students; and other stakeholders in the management of the state's sex offender registry. Below are links to the press coverage.

CT News Junkie

 Public Urges Sentencing Commission to Get Behind 364 Day Sentence



 Commission Considers Changes to State Sex-Offender Registry



 State sentencing Commission considering controversial changes to sex offender laws


Ct Post

 Advocates urge shorter prison sentences


WTNH Changes could be coming to Connecticut's sex offender registry


Ji Changes may be made to sex offender registry



Racial Profiling Prohibition Report

Racial Profiling

photo credit: john lucas
Members of the CT Racial Profiling Prohibition Project advisory board listen to a presentation by IMRP staff about the Traffic Stop Data Analysis and Findings, 2015-16 Supplement report.

The Supplemental Report was released on October 18, 2018. The report includes an in-depth follow-up analysis of the 8 municipal police departments identified in the November 2017 report. A main goal for the follow-up analysis was to better understand whether statistical disparities identified in the department level analysis could be driven by specific department-wide practices or by individual officers. Ultimately the approach included in this report is a mix of previously utilized and newly developed statistical and descriptive analyses, coupled with an on-going dialogue with each department. Below are links to the press coverage:

CT Mirror Latest police profiling report leads to something new – a thoughtful discussion

Eye Witness news CCSU releases report on racial, ethnic disparities in 8 CT police departments

New england radio New Racial Profiling Report Focuses On Eight Connecticut Police Departments

CTN CT-N Recording of Report Release


For more information visit Racial Profiling website.


Event Spotlight - CT Reentry Reform Day

Reentry Reform Day event included speakers, voter registration, and much more! Our Panel Discussions included the following topics and their related Senate and House Bills: Fair Chance Hiring (HB 5583), Fair treatment of incarcerated Women (SB 13), Unlock the Vote (HB 5418), Immigration (HB 5544), and Opioids (SB 172). Opening remarks was given by Representative Brandon McGee. Panel sessions featured voices of those impacted by the justice system, as well as legislative sponsors of the various bills. Below are links to the press coverage:

'Connecticut Re-Entry Reform Day' held at State Capitol | News 8 WTNH

On First Re-Entry Day At State Capitol, A Call For Criminal Justice Reform | Hartford Courant

Reentry Reform Day: My Story | State Senator Ed Gomes

The Real Story: Reentry Reform Day | Fox61

Former Rep. Ernie Newton Returns to State Capitol | Hartford Courant

Event today in New Britain focuses on helping recently released | New Britain Herald

Checking In With Correction Commissioner Scott Semple | WNPR


Recent Project - On the Outside

Life on Parole, produced in Connecticut with the cooperation of the Department of Corrections and in collaboration with the New York Times, follows several former prisoners released on parole, showing in stark detail the punitive rules under which they live. For more than a year, "Frontline" and The New York Times followed newly released prisoners as they tried to find homes and jobs, reconnect with loved ones and avoid temptation, sometimes discovering that the system created to help them can also hold them back. Click here to see "Behind Bars" presented by 60 minutes or see the "Life on Parole" documentary below. Also, video of Michelle Alexander's discussion on her book, The New Jim Crow, can been seen here.


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