Division of Criminal Justice Legislative Recommendations to the 2020 General Assembly
Early Screening and Intervention Program – The Division of Criminal Justice proposes to maintain/expand the pilot program, which has shown great promise. Further, the Division looks to build upon the ESI concept through legislative and/or administrative measures to restore the historical charging function and authority of the prosecutor.
An Act Concerning Evidence Seized in a Criminal Investigation – To address the ruling of the Connecticut Supreme Court ordering the public release of private materials seized in the course of a criminal investigation, but never introduced as evidence in a judicial proceeding.
An Act Concerning Grand Jury Reform –To provide a more workable process for the initiation of an investigatory grand jury in limited circumstances with regard to specific crimes.
An Act Concerning the Seizure of Firearms – To refine and enhance Connecticut's nationally recognized "red flag" law allowing the seizure of firearms from those who present a danger to themselves or others.
An Act Concerning Revisions to Various Statutes Concerning the Criminal Justice System – To allow for appropriate review prior to the release of video or audio recordings of police-involving shooting incidents, and (2) to clarify the criminal law prohibiting sexual activity with a deceased person or animal and (3) to clarify and provide a more appropriate penalty for the wilful and unauthorized distribution of intimate images of an individual.
An Act Concerning Driving While Intoxicated - To clarify and improve the effectiveness of the statutes prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.