HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Some good news for our state, in the midst of the budget mess. Governor Malloy annoucned that the number of people in Connecticut’s prisons for drug possession has gone down by 39 percent. He’s crediting his Second Chance Society Bill.
The bill, which took effect on October 1, 2015, was designed to continue the progress being made in further reducing the state’s dropping crime rate, as well as ensuring that nonviolent offenders successfully reintegrate into society and become productive workers in Connecticut’s economy. Among other things, it reduced the penalty for possession of drugs from a felony with a seven-year maximum sentence to a misdemeanor with a maximum of one year in jail.