Conn. bill to set new rules for prison [Associated Press]

March 19, 2011

Associated Press Story

Lawmakers are being asked to consider a proposal that could lead to new rules at Connecticut prison libraries. The General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee will hear testimony Monday on a bill requiring the Department of Correction commissioner to review Federal Bureau of Prisons’ guidelines on prison library collections. The commissioner will then develop directives on the content of the collections at state prisons. Sen. John Kissel, a Republican from Enfield, proposed the legislation. Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky, who faces trial for a fatal home invasion in Cheshire, recently filed court papers saying that before the deadly crime, his co-defendant, Steven Hayes, read books in prison depicting violent murders and the burning of victims. Hayes was sentenced to death last year for the murders of a mother and her two daughters.