In 2001, Connecticut legislators gave courts some leeway to relax mandatory minimum sentencing laws for sale or possession of drugs if there is “good cause,” even if the offense occurred within a drug-free school zone. In 2015, Connecticut reduced penalties for certain drug felonies, and eliminated the two-year mandatory minimum for drug possession in school-zones.



How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:

June 30, 2015

Legislators Approve ‘Second Chance,’ Body Camera Bills

(The CT Mirror) — The Connecticut House and Senate voted in quick succession Monday to adopt two major criminal justice bills intended to increase police accountability, end racially disparate sentencing and lower incarceration rates for non-violent crimes. The House voted 108 to 37 for legislation that would encourage minority hiring by police and establish standards… Read more »

June 3, 2015

A Second Chance for Malloy’s Justice Reforms

(The CT Mirror) — Salvaged by a late bipartisan deal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to end racially disparate sentencing and reduce incarceration for non-violent crimes was passed at midnight Tuesday by the Senate and sent to the House. “An Act Concerning a Second Chance Society,” one of the Democratic governor’s major initiatives for the… Read more »

June 2, 2015

Plan to Cut Drug Penalties Gains Steam in Legislature

(New Haven Register) — The governor’s signature legislation around a Second Chance Society that takes away a mandatory penalty and felony status for possession of drugs is expected to advance in both chambers in a bipartisan effort. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to join a number of red states that have changed their drug laws… Read more »

May 30, 2015

In Connecticut, Effort to Change Drug Laws Focuses on School Zones

(The Wall Street Journal) Gov. Dannel Malloy opened this year’s legislative session with a push to revamp Connecticut’s laws around nonviolent drug offenses, calling the harsh penalties “a failed experiment” from the 1980s and 90s. Now, with less than a week remaining in the session, some state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are… Read more »