Defeat the Deficit in Connecticut

Who should or shouldn't be in prison is a question that Connecticut is asking as we look at impending budget deficit of nearly $1 billion in 2009. Connecticut can reduce corrections costs, responsibly allocate law enforcement resources, and reduce class/racial disparities through continued prison reform. From 2004-2006 we created the largest prison reduction in CT ever. In 2009, we are working on issues that will reduce CT's budget deficit by continuing to reduce CT's prison population and create new revenue for the state through marijuana decriminalization. Connecticut's prisons are filled with nonviolent drug offenders, people awaiting trial for nonviolent offenses, the mentally ill and drug addicted, homeless veterans, and women on conspiracy drug cases. Sign Defeat the Deficit in Connecticut and support responsible fiscal appropriation. Stop cuts to services and transportation for youth/senior programs and employment. Thanks Lorenzo Jones Executive Director A Better Way Foundation

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    richard f. wilde, United States

    4 years ago Comments: Our legislators need to recognize the "law of unintended consequences." While it may be politically expedient to pass 'tougher sentences', what they neglect to account for is that harsher penalties, and the subsequent criminal record and attendant stigma, make it all but impossible for these people to ever integrate into "normal society". As a result, what the legislation accomplished, and will continue to accomplish, is a further marginalization of an increasingly larger segments of our population. Those that will benefit economically are those in the DOC, the judiciary and lawyers in the private sector. As a State, we need to look seriously at the the financial costs of current drug and DUI policies and arrive at a socially and economically reasonable and fact-based policy. What we have currenlty is one based on politically and emotionally based ideolology that truly informed voters would be hard-pressed to justify.
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