Posted on April 28, 2023
HARTFORD – The last full week of April is nationally recognized as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). The advocacy week is structured to give a voice to victims and their families, which has far too often been quieted. Rep. Piscopo (R-76) recently voted against the reappointment of Carleton Giles, the former chair of the state’s Board on Pardons & Parole.
Piscopo voted against Giles because he was the main orchestrater of a dangerous increase in the amount of state commutations over the last couple of years. 44 convicted murderers had their sentences drastically reduced in this timeframe, a precedent that Piscopo and many of his colleagues took exception to.
Victims’ rights were seemingly backburned during Thursday’s House Session when majority party Democrats re-appointed Giles to a rank-and-file position on the board.
Regardless, Piscopo will continue to support policies that hold criminals accountable for their actions, like Public Act 22-115. This law was crafted to address the spike in juvenile crime rates.
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