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Rep. Gary Byron to Hold Town-Wide Public Safety Forum

Posted on September 7, 2018 by jdooley


NEWINGTON- Because the town of Newington continues to have ongoing problems with car break-ins, State Representative Gary Byron (R-Newington) will be hosting a Public Safety Forum with Newington Police Chief Stephen Clark, Mayor Roy Zartarian and a representative from GEICO insurance company, David Johnson.

The Public Safety Forum will provide tips and strategies for Newington residents on how to protect themselves and their belongings from potential criminals.

  • Event:  Public Safety Forum
  • Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Time: 6:30-8:00PM
  • Location: Newington Town Hall Auditorium
  • Address: 131 Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111

In 2015 legislation was passed that raised the minimum age from 14 to 15 for an automatic transfer to adult, and also eliminated various class ‘B’ felonies from the list of automatic transfers including 1st Degree larceny for a vehicle over $20,000.

Since 2015 there have been a rash of juveniles stealing cars to go on joyrides or commit other crimes.  In 2015 there were 90 juveniles convicted of either a 1st degree, 2nd degree, or 3rd degree larceny. By 2017 that number had increased by 250% to 223 juveniles.

Last legislative session, Rep. Gary Byron along with Newington Police Chief Stephen Clark testified jointly at a Judiciary committee public hearing on a proposal that would require juveniles between the age of 15 and 17 charged with a felony offense after having had two previous felony convictions to be automatically transferred to the adult court.

The legislation, House Bill 5559: An Act Concerning the Transfer of Cases of Repeat Juvenile Felony Offenders to the Regular Criminal Docket would require cases of juvenile offenders who are charged with having committed a third or subsequent felony to the regular criminal docket. Juveniles who have been previously adjudicated delinquent for two or more offenses designated as felonies or who have injured an innocent person during the commission of a felony would also be charged in regular criminal court.

The bill was ultimately defeated by a filibuster in the Judiciary Committee on their bill deadline day.

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