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How just is Connecticut's criminal justice system?

Photograph showing the outside of the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution, with a barbed-wire fence and lookout tower.
Joe Amon
Connecticut Public
Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution on April 06, 2020 in Enfield, Connecticut in April of 2020.

Over the past decade, Connecticut has been able to cut its prison population in nearly half. But advocates say there’s a lot more that can be done to improve the criminal justice system.

This legislative session, there have been a number of proposals aimed at doing just that — involving everything from deceptive police tactics to voting while incarcerated. This hour, we look at the state of criminal justice reform in Connecticut.

Plus, we get the latest on some upcoming mayoral elections across the state.


  •  Jaden Edison: Justice Reporter, The Connecticut Mirror
  • Mercy Quaye: Founder, The Narrative Project; Editor, CT Mirror's Community Editorial Board
  • James Forman, Jr.: Professor, Yale Law School; Faculty Director, Yale Law and Racial Justice Center
  • Jonathan Wharton:Associate Professor of Political Science and Urban Affairs at Southern Connecticut State University

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Meg Dalton is the deputy director of storytelling for Connecticut Public where she provides editorial support for the station’s talk shows and podcasts, including the limited series 'In Absentia'.
Frankie Graziano is the host of The Wheelhouse, focusing on how local and national politics impact the people of Connecticut.