Earlier this year, following a triple-murder in the suburbs, Governor Rell instituted a statewide ban on parole for those convicted of violent crimes, causing many individuals currently serving time to become ineligible for parole, and some individuals already home in their communities (and working to support their families) to return to [already overcroweded] prisons. While the parole ban is “temporary,” there are no plans of action in place for dissolving it.
Politicians are exploiting a tragedy to place this community under attack. A study by the Department of criminology at CCSU from 2006 found that prisoners who come out on parole are much less likely to be re-incarcerated than full-time prisoners, so it makes no sense to ban parole.
It is amazing how quickly legislators can pass legislation when those whom they wish to protect come from a selective segment of our society. What’s even more amaznig is that their sense of justice will mean 20,000 prisoners and their families must pay the bitter price for the actions of 2. We all know who will be most impacted by their knee jerk reactions to this horrific crime. Instead of spending our money on human services, some politicians want to sink $260 Million into new prisons in a so-called “Anti-Crime” bill. We say that money should go to improving our community, not militarizing it.
What: Protest Against the CT Parole Ban [called by the Coalition against the Parole ban, and endorsed by People Against Injustice, Youth Rights Media, Unidad Latina en Accion, and A.N.S.W.E.R. CT)
When: today, Monday, November 26, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: Outside Whalley Avenue Jail, 245 Whalley Ave., New Haven