Risk Reduction Earned Credits are a threat to the Safety of the Public

Early Release from prison is a threat to the safety of the public...


Senator Len Fasano joined the Office of the Victim Advocate and legislative leaders in asking the administration to suspend the controversial Risk Reduction Earned Credit Program (RREC).

This new Connecticut law allows violent felons including those convicted of rape, murder and kidnapping to get weeks, months, and even years taken off their court ordered prison sentences. The credits can be awarded retroactively to 2006.

“There is no reason to support letting violent criminals out early from prison,” said Sen. Fasano. “After witnessing today’s testimony from the state victim advocate, it is clear that this program is putting our public safety at risk.” 

On Tuesday September 18, the Judiciary Committee held an informational hearing on the Risk Reduction Earned Credit Program at the state legislative office building in Hartford.  At the hearing the State Victim Advocate (OVA), Michelle Cruz presented a compelling case as to why this program should be suspended. 

Cruz revealed 7,589 inmates have been released under the RREC program since it began in October of 2011.  In the first month of the program Cruz reports 33.9% of inmates were re-arrested for committing crimes.

“When the RREC was passed into law almost all victims families told my office they felt betrayed by this policy.  They’ve lost faith in the system,” said Victim Advocate Michelle Cruz.

On June 27, a 70-year-old Meriden small business owner was shot and killed at his Meriden convenience store. The man who has been arrested for that murder was able to earn 199 days of risk reduction credits while serving time for a robbery conviction.

Sen. Fasano said, “When Governor Jodi Rell was in office, she suspended parole after the Cheshire home invasion - as a matter of public safety.  We needed to review and improve our judicial policies.  Sadly, we are at a similar cross road. I urge this new administration to take the prudent action of suspending the early release program.”

Fasano also expressed his disappointment that three invited guests to the hearing declined to show, including:

  • Under Secretary of Policy and Management Criminal Justice
  • Department of Corrections Commissioner
  • Pardons and Parole Board Chair

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Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven September 21, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Richard, I enjoy our conversations but to your point I as well as every other resident of East Haven do indeed deserve an answer to the question I asked Mr Fasano. I have to wonder why if there is no dirt as you put it why are you so defensive of Mr Fasano's record when he himself seem's unable to present an explanation to East Haven Residents? Enjoy your day Richard.
DonnaR September 21, 2012 at 09:06 PM
get a life
Reggie Hauser September 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I want to know why Jim Albis supported this insane program, and why he isn't talking about it. And I want to know what karaoke tune Robert Hoff is singing in his profile picture. Probably something by Pink.
George Kenyon September 22, 2012 at 04:37 PM
http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/crime/cops-man-masturbated-in-front-of-teen http://connecticut.onpolitix.com/news/157341/lawmakers-debate-early-prison-release-program
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven September 22, 2012 at 06:47 PM
George, I fully agree if people are committed to jail for a length of time they should serve that time also I am in favor of strong rehabiltion programs while they are incarcerated that would involve learning new skills so they could be productive members of society when released as well as having on going mental therapy. I personally feel the country club system of jail we have is to lenient and does not go far enough to rehabilitate those that are serving sentences however in order to achieve this would involve paying more money and that revenue would have to come in the form of higher taxes to the average resident which I feel would be punishing the wrong person in order to achieve the goal. Anyone out there willing to pay higher taxes?


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