These laws are an important step to make sure Connecticut citizens aren’t punished beyond their sentences and can live full, productive lives. The laws will reduce crime by encouraging full reintegration into society. Nearly a third of the population has a criminal record.
Studies show that people with old and minor convictions are unlikely to commit future crimes. Old convictions also unfairly target minority populations. In Connecticut, Black individuals are 9.4 times more likely to be incarcerated, creating economic inequality and a greater social divide.
Clean Slate will boost local economies and create job opportunities for thousands of residents.