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New Haven State Rep. Toni Walker (pictured) and Connecticut’s chief public defender spoke out amid a tide calling for locking up more people of color in the wake of the Petit family murders.

Susan Storey was the first person to testify Tuesday at the Judiciary Committee hearing expressed concern that some of the legislation being proposed in the wake of the the brutal triple-murder of Cheshire’s Petit family—there are five different “three-strikes” bills, for example—“may incarcerate more people than is warranted.”

During the hearing, questions raised included: Which legislative moves will make communities safer from violent criminals? And which will serve to fill the prisons with more people, especially people of color?

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