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Fact Checking Claims About Rise In Connecticut Car Thefts

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Car thefts around the country have risen since the introduction of keyless ignitions in 2013

A fatal hit-and-run by a teen allegedly driving a stolen vehicle has led to more debate about Connecticut’s juvenile justice reforms. State Republican lawmakers blame policy changes in Connecticut for a rise in car thefts by teens.

This hour, we take a closer look at the data with the investigative editor of Connecticut Public’s new Accountability Project.

And later, we hear what a recent court ruling means for school districts which are required to provide special education to their students.

Does your child receive special education services in our state?


  • Walter Smith-Randolph - Investigative editor and lead reporter of The Accountability Project at Connecticut Public
  • Kasey Considine - Supervising attorney at Disability Rights Connecticut
  • Kate Farrish - Contributing writer for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT.org); also journalism professor at Central Connecticut State University

Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.
Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.