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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, declaring America has gotten away from being a “second-chance society,” has proposed major changes in the criminal justice system that would treat drug possession as a misdemeanor and eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug possession.

Malloy also wants expedited parole hearings for non-violent low-risk inmates and an easier road to full pardons for ex-inmates after they have finished probation and “several years of responsible citizenship.”

The last part of his announcement is for an automatic post-prison employment program that combines basic education with skills training and a separate supportive housing for individuals who cycle in and out of prisons due to chronic health programs and untreated mental illness.

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