Connecticut’s Second Chance Society Reintegration Program for Nonviolent Offenders
In 2015, Connecticut passed legislation, House Bill 7104, which helps to ensure nonviolent offenders are successfully reintegrated into society and become productive workers in Connecticut’s economy, by emphasizing treatment and rehabilitation over punishment for small non-violent drug crimes.
Key legislative points:
- Reduces the penalty for possession of drugs from a felony with a seven-year maximum sentence (2 years mandatory if within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare center) to a misdemeanor with a maximum of one year in jail, no mandatory jail sentence.
- Establishes an expedited parole process for nonviolent, no-victim offenses. This will allow decisions to be made without the necessity of a formal hearing in order to ensure that all eligible prisoners have a hearing well in advance of their eligibility date.
- Establishes an expedited pardons process for ex-offenders in nonviolent, no-victim cases after a period of time following the end of their full sentence. The Board of Pardons will write regulations establishing the process, as required in the legislation that would eliminate the complexity of the process and make it easier for the Board to consider applications.
- Legislation also funds additional program expansion of vocational and job-based adult education, employment training, School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) initiatives to reduce suspensions, expulsions, and school-based arrests, and supportive housing services for frequent users of substance abuse and individuals with mental health issues that cycle in and out of the corrections system.
Connecticut Department of Correction’s Second Chance Society Initiative resources on the following, can be found on the DOC website: http://www.ct.gov/doc/cwp/view.asp?a=1502&Q=574826
- 2015 Strategic Plan – Connecticut Department of Correction
- Second Chance Society Initiative Documents
- Related News Articles
SOURCE: Connecticut General Assembly; Connecticut Department of Corrections; State of Connecticut: Governor’s Office
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: April2017