|Len Suzio calling for suspension of |
early release for violent offenders
The following is a letter sent to the Middletown Insider by former State Sen. Len Suzio. Representatives for Middletown Rep. Matt Lesser (D), and Representative Joe Serra (D), voted in favor of an extension of the state's early release program to include the early release of violent criminals and sex offenders who earn credits for good behavior. Recently, Lesser voted in favor of House Bill 6581* which allows murders, rapists, kidnappers and other violent
criminals convicted before the age of 18 to be released after only
having served 60% of their sentences.The latter representatives voted in favor. The bill will go on to the state senate it will become law. Rep. Paul Doyle (D) was the only Middletown representative to not vote against the measure.
Editor's note 8/14/2013: Senator Dante Bartolomeo, representing Middletown, spoke against the repeal of the Risk reduction program and spoke against Bill 123 which would repeal the program to allow the early release of violent felons based on good behavior credits. Bartolomeo called for amendments, but went on record at the senate hearings saying repeal of the program "goes to far."SB 1062, based on parts of Bill 6581, was tabled on May 30th and could be brought back for a vote in the next session.
The Senate GOP has been fighting aspects of this law since the Risk Reduction Program it took effect under Gov. Malloy in 2011. Currently, prisoners who have committed rape, strangulation, arson, assault on a pregnant woman, disabled person, or elderly individual, kidnapping, molestation, statutory rape or a variety of other crimes not classified by the state as "violent" can earn credits for good behavior and be released early. Those convicted on drug charges, DUI's, or types of theft or robbery cannot because those convictions carry mandatory sentences by state statute. Some of the above crimes, including DUI, cannot be released to half way homes, home incarceration or rehabilitation services outside of prisons because of those mandatory sentences.
|Middletown Rep. Joe Serra voted for continued early release of some violent criminals|
|Middletown Reps. Lesser & Bartolomeo supported the continued early release of some violent criminals|
Gov. Malloy and Rep. Michael Lawlor (D) have praised the "Risk Reduction Program" that release violent criminals early as a cost savings to the state. Recently, despite the program being in place since 2011, Forbes magazine published a piece by contributor Jim Powell on August 1, 2013 asking: How did Rich Connecticut Morph into one of the Worse Economies in History?
Suzio was recently interviewed by WTNH regarding a memo by the Department of Corrections seeking to alleviate prison over crowding and save money by releasing more prisoners early. Suzio wants to make sure none of those scheduled for release committed violent crimes.
light of the new scandalous revelation by a whistle blower at the
Department of Corrections I am calling on the governor to halt this
dangerous policy of the premature release of violent criminals without
the treatment or rehabilitation ordered by the Board of Pardons and
Paroles. We cannot wait for another innocent victim to be sexually
assaulted or murdered before acting.
|Click to enlarge the DOC memo|
Early Release Program already has been implicated with murder, rape and
mayhem and now we have another scandalous revelation that the DOC has a
plan to ignore the directives of the Board of Pardons and Paroles,
releasing violent criminals without necessary treatment. These
allegations, if true, reveal a DOC plan that will exacerbate an already
The number one priority of government must be
public safety, but the Malloy Administration is hell bent on spending
money on everything but public safety! It seems the Administration had
not learned from the terrible murders in Cheshire - the criminals
convicted of those horrific murders were released from prison without
proper rehabilitation. Now it seems that the Malloy Administration is
destined to repeat the same mistakes and recklessly jeopardize the
safety of innocent civilians. I say to the Malloy Administration, "stop
the spending on boondoggles like the bus way and put the money where it
belongs - protecting the public from violent criminals".
Member: State Office of Victim Advocate Advisory Board
Connecticut has had to many tragedies with early release so far and should have been cut back and not expanded. I am still wondering what our legislators are thinking when they pass laws like this.ReplyDelete
Connecticut's voters should vote for early release too. Send the clowns, charlatans and dangerous ideologues packing on Election Day, 2014.ReplyDelete
Is Joe Serra really protecting the citizens of his town? Theres the proof. Send him back to the woods along with baby brother Tommy. What does he care none of his children or grandchildren live in Ct. do they?ReplyDelete