Crime & Public Safety

Crime in CT: Some Good and Bad News

  • Feb 17, 2012

The Office of Policy and Management just released a report revealing that almost 80% of the 14,400 inmates released in 2005 had been rearrested by 2010, and 50%  of those who had been rearrested had returned to prison for new sentences. The report did reveal some good news, however. In those five years, only 2.7% of the 746 sex-offenders released were convicted of another offense, and only 1.7% were sentenced to more prison time. This statistic challenges the conventional wisdom that sex offenders are unlikely to change their ways.

In other criminal justice news, a report by the Division of Criminal Justice Policy and Planning projects that Connecticut will have 400 fewer inmates in 2012 than it did in 2011. Undersecretary Michael Lawlor says that it is difficult to pinpoint the causes of this decrease, but that crime in the state is indeed at a 44-year low, just as it is in many other states across the country. Though other states have used this decrease as an opportunity to shutdown detention facilities, Connecticut will not be able to this year; almost 1,000 inmates are currently without beds in existing facilities.

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