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Protecting the Public

Over the years, Democrats have passed a variety of legislation that only eroded the safety of our residents and the confidence of our law enforcement. In 2020, the state experienced 4,857 more counts of property crime than the year before and motor vehicle thefts increased the most, by nearly 41% from the prior year. The increase in crime was not isolated to cities, and many of the communities that we serve have been impacted. Meanwhile, law enforcement efforts have been hindered by legislation that has eroded their ability to effectively police and protect the public at a time when we need it most.

Safe Streets

  • Add an additional 2 years to the mandatory minimum sentence for a carjacking that involves a firearm or deadly weapon.
  • Enhance penalties for crimes committed using a stolen vehicle or stolen firearms.
  • Remove certain violent crimes from being eligible for clean slate.
  • Create a new offense of “larceny of a motor vehicle” regardless of the value of the vehicle. First offense shall be a class A misdemeanor, a second or subsequent offense shall be a class B felony.
  • Expand the recent Judicial Branch record-sharing initiative to ensure that law enforcement officers have access to records before a detention request is initiated.
  • Expand the circumstances under which juveniles charged with certain violent crimes are automatically transferred to the regular criminal docket.
  • Require mandatory fingerprinting of juveniles arrested for a felony, a Class A Misdemeanor, a charge resulting from loss of life or serious physical injury, a sexual assault, a serious juvenile offense, or an offense involving use of a firearm.
  • Institute mandatory around-the-clock electronic/GPS monitoring of juveniles arrested while they are already awaiting trial for a prior offense.
  • Allow arresting officers to detain juveniles for over 6 hours when they, in good faith, are trying to execute an order to detain but have not yet received judicial approval and require judges to provide a written reason within 24 hours of denying a police officer’s request to detain.
  • Require the judicial branch to collect data on detention requests made by law enforcement officers and state’s attorneys.
  • Allow courts to find that releasing the juvenile offender to parents/guardians who have no control over the child is not “reasonably likely to be effective”.
  • Require Family Support Services interventions to be ordered at arraignment in juvenile court, rather than after adjudication.
  • Require judges to order Department of Children and families to investigate juveniles charged with a felony, a Class A Misdemeanor, a charge resulting from loss of life or serious physical injury, a sexual assault, a serious juvenile offense, or an offense involving use of a firearm.
  • Require reporting of (1) the staffing level of juvenile probation officers, (2) the number of juvenile diversionary and pretrial programs, their content, and efficacy in reducing recidivism, and (3) the availability and efficacy of juvenile job training programs and juvenile drug treatment programs.
  • Allow parents and schools to access the Family with Service Needs (FWSN) program at any time without having to exhaust other community services and resources first.

Victim’s Rights

  • Dedicate additional funding to the victims’ compensation fund to reimburse victims of car theft and other property theft and damage, regardless of arrest.
  • Provide adequate funding and resources for the Office of Victim Advocate.
  • Require crimes involving violence, theft of a motor vehicle, sexual offenses, or offenses involving use of a firearm to be adjudicated in the geographical area (GA) where the offense occurred, not where the perpetrator resides.
  • Require the Judicial Branch to study and, if possible, implement victim impact panels in juvenile delinquency proceedings.

Supporting Law Enforcement

  • Restore qualified immunity by providing law enforcement with immunity protection if they acted reasonably while performing their duties.
  • Provide clarity and list circumstances under which police can be decertified for undermining public confidence.
  • Provide ADA protections to officers getting mental health assessments so they can seek treatment without fear of discipline or losing their jobs.
  • Make costly CALEA accreditation optional for municipalities.
  • Expand municipalities ability to purchase surplus military equipment provided it is for public safety purposes.
  • Restore the ability for police to request consent searches during motor vehicle stops when there is reasonable suspicion of a crime.

 

 

 

 

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PROTECTING THE PUBLIC

The impact of legislative Democrats’ persistent efforts to erode our state’s criminal justice system came into focus over the last year, and residents mounting concerns grew to include frightening crimes such as brazen carjackings, vehicles stolen with children inside, and criminals breaking into homes to grab car keys to steal cars and use them in crime sprees.

FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Many Connecticut families are struggling to keep up with inflation and a stagnant job market. It’s critical that the state legislature provides meaningful financial relief, not one-time gimmicks, to ease the burden of balancing the household check book.

GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR YOU

As Republicans, we will continue to bring attention to wasteful spending and allegations of fraud, and we will fight to hold the state’s public agencies and programs accountable to you.

EDUCATION AND STUDENT SUPPORT

The state has not provided coherent guidance for teachers and students, with far too many children missing critical time in a physical classroom. Students have a right to safely achieving a high quality education. Supporting student and faculty needs, providing greater access to job readiness programs, and ensuring mental health services are available are important factors in getting our state’s education system back on track.

PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESS JOBS

Legislative Democrats have continually asked Connecticut’s business owners to pay onerous filing fees and taxes, while demanding they provide higher wages in the face of an unprecedented employment shortage. Connecticut’s job creators are the backbone of our state and local economies. Providing them with resources needed to fulfill training and job requirements, lessening tax thresholds, and removing red tape are top priorities this session.