Early Release of Violent Criminals? Justify It To Their Victims.

May 31, 2011

Years ago, my sister, who lived in New York City, would come visit us for holiday dinners and would to tell us all about the “crazy” early release program for prisoners in New York.

Now in Connecticut, Governor Malloy is proposing an early release plan for dangerous state inmates.

This will involve inmates who have been found guilty of rape, manslaughter, arson, child pornography and cruelty to animals.

I am assuming that the experts did not mimic the disastrous model that existed in New York. But this scheme has not worked in other states either. California’s recent early release initiative is a failure. Just this past week, it was revealed that California improperly paroled more than 450 dangerous criminals without supervision last year as part of a program designed to reduce prison crowding and cost.

The truth is, Governor Malloy and legislative democrats who back this astonishingly shortsighted plan cannot justify it.

How can they tell, for example, a victim of violent crime or a victim of a sexual predator, that the individual who hurt them should be released early?

They can’t.

How can they tell the family of a sexually abused child that the monster who hurt their child should get out of jail early?

They can’t.

How can they tell an individual whose beloved pet was killed that the animal’s abuser should not do the full prison time he earned?

They can’t.

Yet, we are moving forward with this policy in Connecticut.

Governor Malloy says allowing inmates to get out of jail early will save money.

Simply put, he has prioritized money over public safety.

If you share my frustration, I urge you to call Governor Malloy and legislative democrats. Ask them if they feel they have made our neighborhoods safer through this policy.

  • House Democrats 860 240-8500
  • Senate Democrats 860 240-8600
  • Governor Malloy 800 406-1527

Read them the following list of crimes which would be subject to early release for good behavior under Governor Malloy’s plan:

  • Manslaughter in the first degree
  • Sexual assault in the first degree
  • Kidnapping in the first degree
  • Burglary in the first degree
  • Arson in the first degree
  • Importing child pornography
  • Abandonment of child under the age of six years.
  • Firearms trafficking
  • Cruelty to animals

As always, I welcome your comments at [email protected].