Money Over Safety

May 31, 2011

My update from the capitol this week is not a good one.

Rapists and sexual predators, child pornographers and pedophiles, and a variety of violent, vicious criminals in Connecticut will soon be eligible for early release from prison.

These violent inmates will be able to reduce their sentences by as many as five days per month for “good behavior.” Felons sentenced to two years in prison could get out of jail in 90 days.

The goal of the new policy, rammed through by Governor Malloy and legislative democrats, is to save money.

The shortsightedness of this soft-on-crime policy move is shocking. I would never vote on any measure that puts money first and safety second.

The following is a list of just some of the crimes which would be subject to early release for good behavior:

  • Manslaughter in the first degree
  • Sexual assault in the first degree
  • Kidnapping in the first degree
  • Arson in the first degree
  • Employing a minor in an obscene performance
  • Importing child pornography
  • Contaminating a public water supply or food supply for terrorist purposes
  • Injury or risk of injury to, or impairing morals of, children
  • Abandonment of child under the age of six years
  • Firearms trafficking
  • Cruelty to animals

It is important to make sure dangerous criminals remain in prison. Please,contact the governor and state legislators and tell them how you feel.

I will continue to speak out on your behalf against this dangerous policy.

If I can help on any other issue that is of concern to your or your family please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Sen. Len Fasano