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Study shows the racial divide in prisons is narrowing

The racial divide in state prison populations in Connecticut and around the country has narrowed considerably in recent years according to a recent report, but African Americans are still incarcerated at disproportionately high rates. The Council on Criminal Justice released its findings on Dec. 3. The nonpartisan group found that there are currently six African Americans behind state prison bars for every white inmate. That ratio was 9-1 about two decades ago.

How community service exacerbates the problem of court debt

Community service is an option that some Connecticut residents may have if they are not able to pay court fines and do not want to serve time in jail. At times, individuals are ordered by the court to perform community service. While it has proven beneficial for some individuals, it seems that there are some downsides to court-ordered community service.

How accurate is eyewitness testimony?

As someone facing a criminal charge in Connecticut, you may have concerns about any potential eyewitnesses who plan to testify against you and how their testimony might impact your case. Historically, few types of evidence have proven as convincing to judges or juries as eyewitness testimony, which may lead you to believe that eyewitness statements are often valid and accurate. It turns out, however, that this is not always the case.

Can you challenge radar gun evidence?

You know the feeling. You crest a hill on a Connecticut road and start your descent. Unfortunately, you fail to notice the law enforcement officer at the bottom aiming his or her radar gun directly at you. The result? You get a speeding ticket. What now? Should you just pay the darn thing or challenge your alleged traffic offense?

Facing criminal charges? Stay off social media

While it is completely understandable that you might feel anxious or uneasy when you face a Connecticut criminal charge, you can do yourself a favor by avoiding using social media until your case concludes. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, we have seen firsthand the damage that can occur when people facing criminal charges continue to use social media, and we have helped many people facing such charges pursue favorable solutions that meet their needs.

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.

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.

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