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September 1, 2007

Connecticut Governor appoints sentencing and parole task force

As detailed in this New Haven Register article, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has created a Sentencing and Parole Review Task Force "to review state charging, sentencing and parole procedures in the wake of the July triple-homicide in Cheshire." 

I am impressed to see this sort of sound and sensible reaction to a terrible crime (instead of, say, knee-jerk legislation to increase sentence lengths).  But I am disappointed to see that, as detailed here, the new 20-member task force does not appear to include any professors with expertise in sentencing law and policy.

September 1, 2007 at 07:29 AM | Permalink


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20 member commission. Lots of prosecutors, cops, and victim advocates. One defense attorney. Formed in the wake of a henious double murder. Wonder what the recommendations will be? Probably knee-jerk legislation to increase sentence lengths.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 1, 2007 4:32:54 PM

A heinous triple murder. Hopefully, they will address home invader types who are seriously dangerous felons.

Posted by: federalist | Sep 3, 2007 10:54:19 PM

maybe just appoint you judge, jury, and executioner?

Posted by: Anon | Sep 4, 2007 12:54:52 AM

Well anon, people like you, who apparently think that someone who did 12 home invasion burglaries should get very little time, are already "judge, jury and executioner". By allowing these dangerous felons to be released after brief stints in prison, you sentence to death (in ways far more brutal than the most botched of lethal injections) wholly innocent people. Of course, innocent victims of idiotic sentencing policy decisions like the one that led to the deaths in Connecticut never seem to make it onto the radar screens of people like you. After all, it's not as sexy as the moral preening which accompanies the ritualistic denunciation of measures which are tough on crime.

People who repeatedly break into occupied dwellings are dangerous criminals and need to be put away for a very long time.

Posted by: federalist | Sep 4, 2007 4:34:21 PM

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