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Joe Baltas started getting placed in solitary confinement shortly after he was admitted to prison at age 18. Some of the reasons were frivolous, he claimed, like not walking fast enough.

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The Connecticut Supreme Court wants to ensure that jury pools are diverse and representative of our communities. That could mean striking restrictions of who is allowed to serve on a jury. This hour, Chief Justice Richard Robinson joins us to answer our questions and yours about jury duty in our state.

A federal lawsuit was filed this week alleging that excessive use of force and indifference by Stamford police resulted in the death of a mentally ill 23-year-old man in 2019.

If the ‘Clean Slate’ bill is passed, Carrie Perez’s drug use records will be automatically expunged. “Freedom,” she said. “I’m free from addiction right now… I don’t wake up in the morning and think about drugs today."
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Carrie Perez didn’t realize she was homeless until someone asked her where she got her mail sent.

She’d run away from her Bridgeport home when she was a teenager. By the time she was 23, she was living on the streets, struggling with heroin use and in and out of jail for drug-related crimes. She said she has racked up 33 criminal convictions, all of which were related to her drug use.

The Chief States Attorney and all thirteen of the states attorneys in Connecticut have signed on to a letter praising the independence of their offices. The letter was released late Friday. It’s a response to a proposal in the General Assembly that would set a range of new rules for the state prosecutors to follow. The bill would also move the states attorneys from the Division of Criminal Justice, to the executive branch of state government. That might give a governor more influence over the office.

Judge Approves Shorter Sentence For Convicted Murderer-Turned-Prison Mentor

Jan 16, 2021

A Hartford Superior Court judge granted a sentence modification on Friday to Clyde Meikle, a man serving a 50-year prison sentence for killing his cousin in 1994.

While still just a law student, Brittany K. Barnett met Sharanda Jones, a single mother, business owner and a woman serving a life sentence without parole for a first time drug offense.