Connecticut has taken a bite out of crime
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.
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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.