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April 2019 Archives

Voting rights for felons topic of town hall

People who live in and are convicted of criminal offenses in Connecticut may often fear that their civil rights are put in jeopardy, making it hard for them to fully recover from their experiences. Even basic things like getting a job or finding a place to live after being released from jail or prison can be a challenge for people with criminal records. Social and political opinions on what rights people convicted of crimes should have can vary greatly.

Law banning solitary confinement not being followed

People who are sent to prison in Connecticut may experience a wide range of conditions. This can happen in part due to the nature of the offense for which they are sentenced and the specific facility that they are sent to. Conduct that is witnessed in a prison setting may also contribute to some of an inmate's experiences while there. For a long time, some people have been forced to be isolated in what is generally called solitary confinement but can also be referred to as administrative segregation or restrictive housing.

Domestic violence continues to claim more victims

CNN estimates that every day, at least three women are murdered in America by a boyfriend or husband. However, when you include how many children, law enforcement officers, family members, friends and innocent bystanders are killed in Connecticut and all across the country, that figure climbs even higher.

Do Connecticut courts accommodate the disabled?

Finding yourself criminally charged is bad enough, but it can be even more taxing if you happen to suffer from a disability. However, having a disability should not impact your ability to go to court and contest criminal charges. If you or someone you know is disabled and is facing a court date in Connecticut, you should take steps to make sure the court knows about your disability and can accommodate you.

What is the Dominant Aggressor Law?

Domestic violence calls are one of the most difficult that law enforcement officers have to deal with. The high emotions and physical risks of such a call can often create a chaotic scene. Officers have to make quick decisions and sometimes the law makes that tough. Fortunately, for officers in Connecticut, changes in domestic violence laws have helped make it easier to help victims and ensure the decisions they make at a scene are the right ones.

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