Con­necti­cut has taken a bite out of crime

Pawtucket Times - - OPINION -

The fol­low­ing edi­to­rial ap­peared in the The Hart­ford Courant on Sept. 27:

Amid ev­ery­thing that seems to be go­ing wrong in Con­necti­cut, one thing is def­i­nitely go­ing right: Crime is down. Way down.

Since 2012, the num­ber of se­ri­ous crimes in the state has dropped by 20 per­cent — the big­gest drop in the na­tion, ac­cord­ing to FBI data. Con­necti­cut has one of the low­est rates of vi­o­lent crime.

There are many rea­sons why — some so­cial, some eco­nomic — but the Sec­ond Chance So­ci­ety re­forms to the over­all ap­proach to crim­i­nal jus­tice cham­pi­oned by Gov. Dan­nel P. Mal­loy de­serve a lot of credit.

Ef­forts to keep peo­ple out of jail are pay­ing off with less crime over­all. Re­forms to pa­role, to sen­tenc­ing and to the way po­lice in­ter­act with cit­i­zens have all con­trib­uted — and should con­tinue.

A lit­tle ex­tra money can go a long way, and a cash win from an on­line casino gives you an op­por­tu­nity to do any­thing from treat­ing your part­ner to din­ner to mak­ing a char­i­ta­ble do­na­tion. Bor­ of­fers fun on­line black­jack, on­line...

One chill­ing fact deep in the data: Half of the peo­ple who have died of opi­oid over­doses in 2016 are for­mer in­mates. That needs to be ad­dressed. Many in­mates are not get­ting the sup­port they need af­ter re­lease.

There is still work to do, but Con­necti­cut is on the right track.

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