Monday, November 5, 2012

Crime victims invited to informational session on legislative proposals

From an announcement from the Office of the State Victim Advocate:
HARTFORD - The Connecticut Sentencing Commission, a permanent commission established to review on an ongoing basis criminal justice and sentencing policies and laws of this State, will host a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Legislative Office Building to receive public comment on its legislative proposals for changes to parole review.
The Commission’s legislative proposals may affect the eligibility for release of an offender who was under the age of 18 at the time a crime was committed and are in response to two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
The public hearing will be an opportunity for crime victims and others to attend and participate by offering their views and opinions on these prospective legislative changes.
The state Office of the Victim Advocate will host an informational session on Wednesday, Nov. 7
at 6:30 p.m. at the Hartford Public Library, downtown branch, at 500 Main St., Hartford, for crime victims and their supporters.According to State Victim Advocate Michelle Cruz, the goal of the informational session is to  educate crime victims and others on the recent Supreme Court decisions, the prospective legislative changes for parole eligibility of offenders who were under 18 at the time a crime was committed, and how to be heard at the upcoming public hearing concerning these issues.
For more information, contact the Office of the Victim Advocate at (860) 550-6632, via e-mail at or visit the OVA’s website at

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