CT Remains One of the Safest States in the U.S.September 27, 2022
As House Chair of the legislature's Judiciary Committee, I have led bipartisan discussions to develop policy that will address not just the symptoms of crime, but the cause of it.
Connecticut's annual crime statistics report released on Monday indicates these thoughtful policy solutions are working. According to the report, between 2020 and 2021, Connecticut experienced decreases in violent and property crimes, continuing the downward trend we've seen over the several years.
Additionally, data over the last 10 years shows overall crime in our state has dropped 30%. This includes a 43% reduction in violent crime and a 29% reduction in property crime.
Our police and courts need additional tools to hold offenders accountable and protect the public, so this session, I proudly fought to pass a juvenile justice law that will:
- Toughen penalties for vehicle thefts
- Address lab and case backlogs
- Expand the use of GPS monitoring in some cases
- Provide more hands-on training and crisis training to police
I also championed the inclusion of significant investments in crime prevention and reduction in the state budget adjustment bill that was signed by the Governor earlier this summer. The investments will:
- Speed up the processing of court cases
- Help victims and survivors recover from crime through safety planning, crisis counseling, mental health treatment, and support for survivors of domestic violence
- Trace firearms to their sources, reduce stolen cars, reduce violent crime, and promote safety on rural roads
- Support community and public health-led strategies to prevent and reduce gun violence
- Utilize the latest forensic science technologies to speed up investigations and clear criminal cases
We must focus on further reducing crime by working together with law enforcement and community partners to ensure Connecticut remains one of the safest places to live and work in the country.