Sen. Art Linares: Repeal Law That Lets Violent Inmates Out of Jail Early

March 25, 2013

State legislators and violent crime victims address the media during a press conference urging the repeal of the early prison release program for violent offenders. From left to right: Violent crime victim Fapyo Ghazal of Meriden (seated), Sen. Jason Welch, Sen. Joe Markley, former Meriden Sen. Len Suzio, Sen. John A. Kissel, violent crime victim John Cluny of Norwich (at podium), Sen. Michael McLachlan, Rep. Al Adinolfi and Sen. Art Linares.

State Sen. Art Linares today testified before the legislature’s Judiciary Committee in favor of a bill which would repeal a current state law that enables violent felons to get weeks, months, even years taken off of the prison sentences.

“The people of my district shake their heads in disbelief when I tell them of the violent felonies which fall under Connecticut’s Risk Reduction Credit law,” Sen. Linares said.

Individuals convicted of rape, manslaughter, kidnapping, sexual molestation of a child under 13, abuse of the elderly and disabled, and animal abuse are eligible to earn as many as five days off their prison sentences each month.

Sen. Art Linares (www.senatorlinares.com) testifies before the Judiciary Committee in favor of a bill to repeal the early prison release program for violent offenders.
Sen. Art Linares (www.senatorlinares.com) testifies before the Judiciary Committee in favor of a bill to repeal the early prison release program for violent offenders.

“Think of the message that this law sends to violent crime victims and their families,” Sen. Linares said. “Why do the rapist, the kidnapper, the assailant and the molester all get a significant break on their prison sentence?”

Sen. Linares noted that last June, an inmate named Frankie “The Razor” Resto who had been released early under the program was arrested for the murder of Meriden store owner Ibraham Ghazal in a robbery. That heinous crime underscored an obvious problem with the new Connecticut law.

“How could Resto have gotten out of jail early?” Sen. Linares said. “Because he earned early release credits. My constituents ask me, ‘How could a person with such a violent record get those credits?’”

Sen. Linares urged the Committee to pass the bill which would repeal the law. He noted that he has received tremendous support and encouragement from residents in his district on this issue.

Sen. Linares represents the 33rd Senate District, which encompasses Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.