Sen. Suzio Applauds Judiciary Committee’s Approval of Legislation to Reform State’s Early Release Program

April 4, 2017

Hartford – Senator Len Suzio (R-Meriden) released the following statement today regarding the Judiciary Committee’s advancement of a legislative proposal to make anyone convicted of a serious assault offense or forcible rape ineligible to earn risk reduction earned credits in prison. The RREC program in its current form allows those who are convicted of these crimes to earn early release credits while in prison. Up to five days can be taken off their sentences each month.

“I would like to thank Sen. Doyle, Rep. Tong, Sen. Kissel, and Rep. Rebimbas for their leadership on this issue. This public safety matter is extremely important to me because I saw firsthand the suffering of a victim’s family after a murder occurred blocks away from where I live at the hands of a violent perpetrator who was released from prison early. Consequently, my passion can take people aback. But I truly believe this is a problem that must be addressed in partnership with all lawmakers. I am extremely appreciative of today’s bipartisan effort to protect Connecticut citizens. The leadership of the Judiciary Committee is invested in keeping all people in Connecticut safe from violent offenders. I thank each member of the committee for their hard work and dedication to making our state safer and strengthening Department of Correction policies.”

The proposed legislation would make those convicted of the following crimes ineligible for risk reduction earned credits:

  • First degree assault using a deadly weapon with intent to cause serious injury, disfiguration or amputation, or risks death to another through extreme indifference to human life
  • First degree assault of elderly, blind or disabled
  • First degree assault of a pregnant woman resulting in the loss of a baby
  • First degree sex assault of forcible rape, sex with a victim under age 13 or a mentally incapacitated person or gang rape

With support from the Judiciary Committee, this proposal now moves forward to both the House of Representatives and Senate for a vote. The legislative session adjourns on June 7, 2017.

Sen. Suzio represents Cheshire, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown and Rockfall.  He can be reached at 800-842-1421.