© 2024
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Malloy Signs Second Chance Society Bill, Planning For More


Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill into law that attempts to give nonviolent criminals more opportunity to reintegrate into the community, with a promise to offer additional changes in the next legislative session.The Democrat held a bill-signing ceremony at the state Capitol on Thursday surrounded by supporters of the legislation, including the Republican leader of the state Senate, Len Fasano. Malloy says government needs to lend a helping hand to people who make little mistakes.

“Because after all when someone ends up with a criminal record for most of those individuals that means that they’ll never get a decent job, they’ll never qualify for decent housing and they can’t even get a student loan,” said Malloy.

Afterward, Malloy said he's compiling a "series of next steps for the next legislative session." He said he's working with criminal justice and correctional system leaders on new proposals.

Malloy spoke about recently visiting a maximum security prison in Berlin, Germany where 25 percent of the staff focuses on helping inmates turn around their lives.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Jim is WAMC’s Assistant News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
Related Content