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Connecticut hazing incidents raise serious concerns

While Connecticut state and federal policies strictly prohibit criminal acts of physical intimidation and violence, some forms of aggression are condoned and even encouraged by mainstream society. Every year, teenagers and young adults are accused of hazing and other initiation practices, which results in them being charged with a crime in some cases. However, some doubt whether hazing should be considered an offense at all.

Drug paraphernalia 101

The possession of drug paraphernalia is one of many factors that contribute to how an alleged drug crime is charged and prosecuted in the state of Connecticut. Doubts and confusion can arise, however, over when and why items can be identified as drug paraphernalia. Provided below are general guidelines relating to drug paraphernalia and how it is addressed under the law.

How is domestic violence defined and addressed in Connecticut?

While Connecticut state legislation continues to be amended and/or enacted to address criminal and civil offenses relating to domestic violence, the state’s Judicial Branch outlines what family violence is and how it is regarded under the law. Family violence is defined by the threat and/or act of physical injury against household or family members. Family violence describes the nature of an offense, but does not in of itself qualify as a crime. Therefore, incidents of kidnapping, assault and sexual assault can be considered acts of family violence. And in identifying who can be considered victims of family violence, it’s important to note that the law also applies to unmarried parents and people of the same gender.

Considering Connecticut’s early release program

The immediate and long-term effects that a criminal conviction has on a person’s life are often profound. Not only do many people have a difficult time reentering into society after spending an extended amount of time in prison but countless people face discrimination on the basis of their criminal conviction. That is why civil rights advocates and criminal defense attorneys continually research and promote programs to cut crime, while encouraging reduced sentences and inmate rehabilitation.

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