Sen. Kelly Again Urges Action on Comprehensive Plan to Create a Safer Connecticut

February 2, 2022

Senate Republicans’ “Better Way to a Safer Connecticut” Seeks to Remove Barriers to Intervention Services, Address Root Causes of Crime, Create Opportunity, and Improve Crime Response


HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement renewing calls to the legislature to take action on the Senate Republicans’ “Better Way to a Safer Connecticut” plan that will implement justice reforms and address the root causes of crime with support and opportunity. Read the plan here.


“Connecticut must act to make our state a safer place. We need action. But we also must broaden conversations to address the root causes of rising crime. Connecticut Senate Republicans shared a plan in the fall — a plan developed after meeting with community leaders, service providers, youth advocates, and law enforcement — to implement a comprehensive approach to stop and prevent crime and we will be offering legislation this year to implement this plan in full.


“Justice reforms and opportunity must go hand in hand. You cannot address one without the other. A safer Connecticut starts with a stronger Connecticut. It starts with an economy that can support jobs and housing, build hope, and create a path to success for young people. It starts with services to address trauma. It starts with proactive policing, appropriate consequences for high risk repeat offenders, and ensuring our justice system has the tools to successfully rehabilitate. As we heard from advocates, community leaders, and law enforcement alike, if we are talking only about data and detention, we have already lost. If we are only talking about preventative services, we are missing the need to address serious criminal activity and stop crime now involving high risk repeat offenders. We need action on both fronts. We need all voices working together to make our state a safer place for every family in every city and town.”


Read the Senate Republicans’ plan for a Safer Connecticut at