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Conn. considers reforming broken school zone law

Conn. Judicial Committee hears testimony in favor of sentencing enhancement zone reform.

by Aleks Kajstura, March 13, 2014

Aleks testifies in CT for sentencing enhancement zone policy reform

Yesterday, I testified before Connecticut’s Judiciary Committee in support of reforming Connecticut’s sentencing enhancement laws (my testimony starts at 3:34:03).

Connecticut’s 1,500-foot sentencing enhancement zones, meant to protect children from drug activity, are some of the largest in the country. I described how the law’s sheer expanse means it fails to actually set apart protected areas and that it arbitrarily increases penalties for urban residents. As Senator Holder-Winfield concisely explains, Senate Bill 259 would decrease that size to a more effective 200 feet.

For more details, check out the video above and my written testimony (with maps).

And check back in soon, I’m releasing a report examining Connecticut’s sentencing enhancement zones on the 28th.

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