Early release, one-party rule needs further review

To the Editor:

In case you missed it, I highly recommend District 132 State Representative Brenda Kupchick’s Sept. 5 letter in the Fairfield Sun regarding the threat to public safety that was created by Connecticut’s new program to facilitate early release for most inmates.

Although some capital offenders and home invaders are not eligible, all others — including those guilty of such violent and heinous crimes as aggravated sexual assault of a minor; manslaughter in the first degree; first degree assault of the elderly, blind, disabled, pregnant or mentally handicapped persons; aggravated sexual assault of a minor; and third degree sex assault with a firearm, among other categories — can shorten their sentences by up to 60 days per year, simply by demonstrating good behavior and participating in educational programs.

Brenda wisely voted against the program; another Fairfield representative, Kim Fawcett, voting as she usually does along party lines, unfortunately voted for it. In the 11 months since the program went into effect on Oct. 1, 2011, two of the prisoners released early have been accused of murder in two separate convenience store robberies.

As Brenda advocates, it is time for the state legislature to reconsider the wisdom of early release, and the program should be suspended until they complete a comprehensive review.

Meanwhile, it is time for voters to reconsider the wisdom of what has been one-party rule in Connecticut for 36 of the last 40 years, and to add public safety to their long and growing list of fiscal and economic concerns about how our state is being mismanaged.

Nicole Russo

Fairfield

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