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Gov?s task force gets 2 out of 3 right

By Gideon


After yesterday’s press release by the Guv, apparently outlining her own proposals for criminal justice reform, the task force she appointed to make recommendations released theirs.

Initial recommendations from Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s task force on changing the parole system did not include a ?three strikes? law for automatic life sentences, but focused instead on programs for ex-offenders that would cost tens of millions of dollars annually.

Funny how none of the stories covering the Dems or the Guv’s proposals mentioned cost. At least the task force understands that rehab is a big portion of crime prevention.

The task force called for expanding counseling services, housing and drug treatment for offenders leaving prison.

The recommendations included special housing for sex offenders; mental health screenings for an increased number of offenders upon release; more job training for all former offenders; and a Center for Excellence in the Management of Problem Sexual behavior that would study sex offenders.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that someone finally has common sense and has suggested sensible proposals. But you’d be wrong:

The two sets of recommendations contain many of the same proposals ? creating a full-time parole board, hiring more parole officers and creating a new crime of home invasion to cover burglaries of occupied dwellings.

I don’t know how else to say this: “Home invasion” is already a crime. It is known by it’s less ritzy name “burglary”.

Oh well. I guess the Guv couldn’t care that much about her own task force that she had to release her personal recommendations - or more appropriately, she doesn’t give a damn about rehabilitation.

Edit: CTLP has more.

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Full post as published by A Public Defender on January 09, 2008 (boomark / email).

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