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.

Here are five reasons why criminal justice reform is successful in Connecticut, which bode well for the future reforms in the state.

A sweeping set of criminal justice reforms, that will spare more than 1,100 non-violent drug offenders from prison and save millions in corrections costs, passed the legislature.

Connecticut lawmakers passed a groundbreaking law enforcement reform package that will potentially remake police-community relations in the state.

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A package of juvenile justice reforms was signed into law by Governor Malloy yesterday.

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Most states have laws that are intended to protect children by creating enhanced penalties for various crimes committed within a certain distance of schools. These laws sound like a common-sense approach, but our research has shown that these laws do not work, will not work and have serious negative effects. In Connecticut, for example, certain […]

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