Connecticut looking to overhaul persistent offender law


This article titled “Rell Seeks To Streamline Persistent Offender Law” appears in the Hartford Courant,
“These thugs need to be removed from the street — and from society — permanently.” and discusses Governor Jodi Rell’s proposal to overhaul Connecticut’s persistent felony offender law.

Rell wants to rewrite and strengthen the law in a fashion requested by prosecutors and Democrats after the abduction, rape and killing of a woman in New Britain during a home invasion on March 30.

“There’s not much point in having a law that no one uses — especially when the law is intended to protect the public from the worst of the worst,” Rell said Monday. “My proposal eliminates the current distinctions between ‘persistent offender,’ ‘persistent serious offender’ and ‘persistent dangerous offender.'”

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