Sen. Kissel, Republicans raise the alarm after 44 murder sentences commuted

March 8, 2023

A visibly angry Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield, who is ranking member on the Judicial Committee said lawmakers were completely unaware of what was happening, saying victim families who worked with prosecutors to reach fair sentences are being betrayed and forced to relive what happened to them.

“We weren’t apprised of what was going on,” Kissel said. “I am absolutely appalled, devastated by what I’ve learned, and I am calling on Gov. Lamont: Stop this right now. This needs to be a state policy that needs to be rigorously overseen. The legislature has got to weigh in.”

“Now three unelected individuals that are proposed by the governor that will come before the Judiciary, and we just pass on them, not even attorneys – not that you have to be one – review these individuals and decide,” Kissel said. “Who in the public is really aware of what is going on?”