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Lack of Newtown Report Frustrates Malloy

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

It's been nearly eleven months since the school shooting in Newtown that left 20 children and six educators dead. And prosecutors have yet to release their report into the crime.

Governor Dannel Malloy told reporters that the state's independent prosecutors don't work for him. If they did, the report would be out by now.

"This has gone on longer than any of us would have liked and certainly is not representative of how I would have handled the timing of this report," Malloy said. "It needs to get out. It needs to get out this week; next week; it needs to get out."

Malloy suggested that prosecutors could have devoted more staff to the investigation. He also said that the process of redacting sensitive personal information from the report takes time.

The governor was speaking after he announced additional funding for school security across the state. That brings the total state investment into school security to $21 million, and it covers 604 schools in 111 districts. But the lack of the report is still the news. Malloy said he expects to learn more about who Lanza was when the report comes out.

"We've learned a lot, some of it by people sharing information, which I think is part of everyone's frustration, quite frankly," Malloy said. "So I suspect there's still more to be told."

Still, Malloy said he doesn't want the eventual release to interfere with the one-year anniversary of Adam Lanza's rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. That's just a month away.

Jeff Cohen started in newspapers in 2001 and joined Connecticut Public in 2010, where he worked as a reporter and fill-in host. In 2017, he was named news director. Then, in 2022, he became a senior enterprise reporter.

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