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New Connecticut Law Reforms the State's Pretrial System

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed An Act Concerning Pretrial Justice Reform into law on June 27, 2017, and it took effect on July 1, 2017.
 
The law specifies that individuals charged with misdemeanors other than domestic violence will not have financial conditions imposed upon their release. Additionally, courts are provided with a list of factors to consider in determining appropriate conditions of release while ensuring that an individual appears in court. Those factors include the individual's prior convictions, past record of appearance in court, employment record, financial resources,  family ties, and the nature of the offense.
 
Governor Malloy released a statement in support of the law, stating, "The fact is that being incarcerated for as few as a couple of days can have a dramatic effect on that person’s ability to maintain housing, employment, and contact with their family...This legislation builds upon our dramatic successes in leading the nation towards creating a fairer and more just criminal justice system." 
 
Read the law here and Governor Malloy’s statement here.


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