Honoring Former Pardon and Paroles Chair Carleton Giles

May 18, 2023
On Wednesday, community activist Barbara Fair, myself, and members of the social justice community gathered at the Legislative Office Building to honor former Connecticut Board of Pardons & Paroles Chairperson and current board member Carleton Giles.              
Community members expressed their gratitude to Carleton Giles, sharing stories of how his impact changed their lives. They also expressed frustration with his removal as Chair of the Pardon and Paroles Board.

Many felt that Carleton Giles executed his responsibilities well within the posture of Connecticut's outlook on restorative justice. He should be applauded for his compassion and inherent nature in serving others.

I am deeply saddened and disappointed by this great loss, but I am grateful that his perspective will still be shared with the board. I thank him for all he has done as Chairperson.

Giles is a retired police officer, serving 33 years with the Norwalk Department of Police Service, working in the youth division, and overseeing investigations of improper conduct and criminal activity against children.

In 2013, Giles was appointed to Chairperson of the Board of Pardons & Paroles by former Governor Dannel P. Malloy, where he served in that role until April this year.
After being removed as Chairperson of the Board of Pardons & Paroles, the Connecticut General Assembly voted to reappoint Carleton Giles as a board member.
Watch the full press conference below.
Read about the press conference here