Concerned the state’s budget deficit is slowing progress on several criminal justice reforms the members of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss reforms approved in 2008.
The reforms include measures to track parolees with GPS monitoring, hire more prosecutors and parole officers, open a secure sex offender facility, and a statewide victim notification system.
This is the second oversight hearing the Judiciary Committee has held to review the implementation of these reforms. The first was held on October 16, 2008 and included testimony from the heads of each of the pertinent state agencies and departments.
The legislation was adopted in response to the July 2007 murders of three members of a Cheshire family. The two men charged with the crime were on parole at the time.
In addition to the 2008 crime reform laws, it is anticipated that discussion at Tuesday’s oversight hearing will also address the effects the budget crisis is having on other judicial issues, including planned courthouse closures, law library closures, judicial vacancies, and staffing shortages.
The hearing will be held at the Legislative Office Building in room 2C. To read the written testimony submitted for Tuesday’s hearing click here.