The State House passes ‘Second Chance Society’ Legislation

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – The State House passed the “Second Chance Society” legislation, which lifts mandatory minimums for drug possession.

In the past if you were caught buying drugs within 1500 feet of a school, it was an automatic felony. The new law drops the felony charge in hopes people will get help and go to rehab.

Governor Dannel Malloy had been pushing this legislation for months.The governor wants the state’s crime rate to continue dropping, which is currently at a 48-year low.

Malloy says these initiatives are focused on turning non-violent offenders into productive members of Connecticut’s economy.

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