Change Ourselves, Change the World

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.”  
- Mahatma Gandhi

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Current Bills Proposed in CT on Sentencing - Time Sensitive Information

HB5221: 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION REGARDING LENGTHY SENTENCES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED BY A CHILD OR YOUTH AND THE SENTENCING OF A CHILD OR YOUTH CONVICTED OF CERTAIN FELONY OFFENSES.
To (1) provide for automatic review of sentences served by persons who were under eighteen years of age when they committed their crimes, and (2) provide guidelines for the sentencing of juveniles convicted of Class A, B and C felonies and enact provisions to comply with the United States Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama.

 

 

SB259:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION REGARDING THE ENHANCED PENALTY FOR THE SALE OR POSSESSION OF DRUGS NEAR SCHOOLS, DAY CARE CENTERS AND PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS.
To adopt the recommendations of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission regarding the enhanced penalty for the sale or possession of drugs near schools, day care centers and public housing projects.

 

 

HB5063:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF PARDON APPLICATIONS.
To limit the circumstances under which applications for full or provisional pardons shall be disclosed. 

NOTE from Marliyn:  This one is to keep applications for pardons confidential.  A journalist is trying to get pardons applications under the freedom of information act and in order to get a pardon, an ex-offender has to have been out of prison ten years without any additional legal problems.  They must right a detailed account of what they did and indicate remorse for their actions.  It takes about 18 months and about $1500 and if they are successful, their record is cleared so that a background check will no longer show a felony conviction.  If this journalist is successful in getting these applications and could publish them, it will seriously reduce the number of people who will be willing to even try to apply for a pardon, thus continuing their punishment for the rest of their lives, despite their 10-year clean record.  

 

 SB153:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO CERTIFICATES OF REHABILITATION.
To enact the recommendations of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission with respect to certificates of rehabilitation in order to provide eligible offenders with relief from barriers to employment and licensure.

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