Posted on April 29, 2022
HARTFORD—In a Republican-driven effort, State Representative Donna Veach supported compromise legislation aimed at curbing Connecticut’s juvenile crime crisis, laying a foundation for more work on improving public safety in communities where residents say they’ve felt threatened by a shocking escalation in the seriousness of crimes committed by young people.
“I feel that this bill is an equitable solution to the juvenile justice issues that have escalated throughout our state over the past two years,” Rep. Veach said. “While this bill won’t solve all of the issues surrounding juvenile crime, it does begin to lay the foundation to addressing what has largely been ignored for far too long.”
Among the provisions of H.B. 5417 are:
During the House of Representatives debate, Rep. Veach joined Republicans in contending that the bill could have done more.
Among Republican proposals that were not included in the legislation:
The legislation passed through House in a 129 to 17 vote.