Posted on July 7, 2021
HARTFORD – State Representative John Fusco (R-81) today joined House Republican caucus colleagues, and local police chiefs and mayors, in a call for a Special Legislative Session to address the spike in juvenile crime sweeping the state.
Standing with police chiefs from New Britain and Wolcott, Rep. Fusco petitioned Speaker of the House Matt Ritter and House Majority Leader Jason Rojas to bring a call of order due to escalating vehicle thefts and other juvenile crimes statewide.
“Time-and-time again we’ve seen these juvenile criminals rereleased with barely a slap on the wrist. We’ve not only seen a continued uptick in the crimes themselves but also in the level of crimes being committed” said Rep. Fusco. “It’s exasperating to see these crimes marginalized. If we don’t enforce consequences when will they cease?”
To address the wide-sweeping vehicle theft and juvenile crime crisis the House Republican Caucus is proposing concepts such as:
- Allowing courts to order investigations of family circumstances of repeat offenders, authorizing post-arrest detention if such juveniles are deemed to be risks to public safety;
- Eliminating the six-hour limit on detaining such juveniles without a court order;
- Requiring courts to electronically monitor juveniles charged with stealing a car while they are awaiting trial for car theft until criminal proceedings are resolved.
“Every year I have called for and supported legislation aimed at correcting the rise in crime from juvenile and repeat felony offenders” Rep. Fusco said. “I am here today to continue to my call for action and will continue to do so until we can achieve real world results.”
State Representative John Fusco proudly represents Southington’s 81st Assembly District.