Connecticut Repeals Death Penalty

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut has recently become the 17th state to repeal the death penalty. Lawmakers passed the measure with an 86-62 vote in favor of repealing the death penalty in the state.

Now instead of sentencing some violent offenders to death, the state will grant life in prison without the possibility of parole. There are currently 11 inmates who sit on death row in the state, and unfortunately for them this new measure does not free them of their sentence.

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Conn. Inmate Population Could Hit 5-Year Low

HARTFORD, Conn.— Policy analysts in Connecticut say ongoing efforts to combat recidivism and treat nonviolent offenders in community settings should push the state’s prison population to a five-year low.

The inmate population during the first week of December averaged 18,187, but the latest number still stands marginally above the level the division projected one year ago.

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