Murder commutations roil nomination hearing for Board of Pardons & Paroles

March 23, 2023

“This is a sea-change,” Kissel said. “This is a huge shift. It’s a shift from one or two per year to what my understanding was upwards of over 70 in 2022.”

State statute says the Board of Pardons and Paroles can make its own policy and Giles said that neither the Lamont administration nor the Judiciary Committee were informed of the changes before they took effect and were implemented.

Kissel said he found it “problematic” that prisoners in Connecticut’s correctional institutions found out about the policy change before lawmakers, resulting in a flood of applications.