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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.

Carmen Baskauf is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.
Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of WNPR's popular talk show, Where We Live.