Criminal Justice

The ACLU of Connecticut works in many ways to improve the criminal justice system. We were at the forefront of the successful effort to repeal the death penalty in Connecticut and we continue to push for changes to the legal system to end punitive drug policies, eliminate racial injustices and reduce our high level of incarceration. We also work in the state’s prisons for humane and just treatment of inmates.

During an appearance before the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee today, Governor Dannel Malloy announced new details regarding his proposals for two justice initiatives: reforming Connecticut’s bail system by eliminating cash bail requirements for misdemeanors, and raising the maximum age when an individual can enter the juvenile justice system from 17 to 20 years […]

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The following statements were issue after Connecticut’s Governor urged the state to consider becoming the first in the nation to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction through 20-years-old.

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Connecticut could become the first state in the nation to raise the age of jurisdiction for the juvenile justice system through 20-years-old.

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New state numbers show the prison population in Connecticut continues to plummet.

There are 3.1 percent fewer people in state prisons and jails than last year.

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The city of Hartford could introduce a diversion program to steer low level drug offenders and people involved in sex work into supportive services instead of jail, according to leading mayoral candidates.

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