Sen. John A. Kissel, who serves as ranking member on the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, will lead a Tuesday hearing which will aim to get questions answered about the state’s new law which enables violent felons such as rapists, arsonists, child molesters and animal abusers to become eligible for early prison release under the new Risk Reduction Earned Credits program.
Sen. Kissel strongly opposed the measure, warning that it would allow violent felons to get weeks, months, and even years taken off their prison sentences.
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.
The informational public hearing will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18 in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
For those who cannot attend the hearing, Sen. Kissel is asking that they contact him with questions at John.A.Kissel@cga.ct.gov or at 860 240 0531.