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Connecticut pauses prison commutations amid uproar


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says the state has paused all prison commutations. The announcement Thursday comes in the wake of an uproar over a drastic rise in the number of inmates having their sentences reduced. Conservative lawmakers and victims’ rights advocates had called for the suspension of commutations and a review of the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles policies after it was revealed that 71 commutations were granted in 2022. Just three were approved between 2017 and 2021.  Lamont, a Democrat, last week replaced the chairman of the parole board and on Wednesday met with leaders of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee to discuss the commutations.

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