You cannot tell me every move made by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy does not have an ulterior motive. You cannot tell me some in the media have a liberal bias.
On Monday, state Sen. Len Suzio, R-13, scheduled a news conference to announce the failure of the governor’s “Risk Reduction Earned Credit” program. This was the program instituted by the governor and his under secretary Michael Lawlor – both extreme liberals – that would allow our worst felons to acquire credits, while serving time, to get out of jail early. Sen. Suzio has labeled the program a failure, and on Monday he released the numbers to back up his claim.
Meanwhile, the lame-duck governor took the unprecedented step of announcing his budget on the day of Sen. Suzio’s news conference, rather than reveal it at the opening session of the General Assembly on Wednesday, which is normal procedure.
Some in the media chose to ignore the story too, including the liberal Hartford Courant and left-leaning CT Mirror website. And it’s not as if they had to go out of their way to cover the story. The media did find time to cover news conferences promoted by liberal lawmakers, including one calling for a carbon tax and another for banning bump stocks. But hardly a peep on RREC. Maybe they’ll repackage the story later in the week, after finding an esoteric statistic, to prop up their liberal bias.
Sen. Suzio’s statistics, acquired from the Department of Corrections via the Freedom of Information Act, were eye-popping. In the first year (Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2012) 8,727 inmates were discharged under the RREC’s program. 8,351 were returned to the slammer. That’s a 95.69 % rate. Some of the crimes committed by those given an early pass out of jail:
- 119 murders
- 154 rapes
- 24 acts of arson
- 1,916 assaults
- 1,988 acts of burglary and robbery
- 63 kidnappings
- 1,542 drug related crimes
Gov. Malloy is calling his program a success. Sen. Suzio has called it a failure and wants those convicted of several crimes ineligible for risk reduction earned credits. Hopefully, Sen. Suzio efforts will prevail.