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State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky: IMPORTANT HEARING: Juvenile Crime Crisis

Posted on March 29, 2021


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Connecticut’s news media has dedicated considerable time to sharing the concerns of residents frustrated not just by escalating motor vehicle break-ins, but also brazen car thefts committed by juveniles who act without fear of significant legal repercussion.

There’s a Judiciary Committee public hearing Wednesday [Details below] where you can share your thoughts about the motor vehicle theft crisis.

Early this session, I, along with the House Republicans submitted legislation to impose actual consequences for teenagers (15-18) who are repeatedly charged with stealing or attempting to steal a vehicle. Our proposal includes:

  • Facing charges on the regular criminal docket;
  • Expanded ability for judges to order detainment or GPS monitoring;
  • Categorize as “serious juvenile repeat offender” upon second theft conviction;
  • Require DCF intervention to provide services to offender;

Modify state pursuit policy, allow police to intercept thieves as the crime occurs

HOW TO SPEAK OUT ON THIS TOPIC

Judiciary Committee public hearing

Wednesday, March 31, @ 10 a.m.

Register to testify virtually

Deadline to register: Tuesday March 30 @ 3 p.m.

TESTIFY BY EMAIL

Email written testimony to judtestimony@cga.ct.gov and

state your name and bills (H.B. 6667 & 6669.) Copy me: Mitch.Bolinsky@housegop.ct.gov

TESTIFY BY TELEPHONE

Call the Phone Registrant Line at (860) 240-5255 to leave your contact information.

Watch The Hearing On YouTube