Martin, joined by families of victims, opposes commuted sentences

March 21, 2023

Sen. Henri Martin joined the families of victims of violent crimes in opposing a “drastic increase” of commuted sentences.

Martin, a Republican who represents Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth and Thomaston, joined other senate Republican leaders and the families of victims of violent crimes in Hartford to express their concerns on March 7.

The legislators and victims’ family members said that there has been a “drastic increase” in the commutations of violent felons’ prison sentences.

At the meeting, Martin said the state Board of Pardons and Paroles had granted one commutation in 2021. In 2022, however, it granted 95 commutations.

“Among those, 71 were violent felons,” Martin said. “And among those violent felons were 44 convicted murderers.”