For many years, Connecticut has been garnishing the belongings of previously incarcerated people — from inheritances, authorized settlements, and different belongings — to make them pay for the prices of their incarceration. This observe undermines necessary felony justice objectives and is out of step with nationwide developments. Connecticut legislators at the moment are contemplating whether or not to repeal the regulation that permits the observe. They need to achieve this.
There are numerous causes to finish this regulation, just like the constitutional considerations that come up from imposing a devastating monetary penalty on those that have completed their sentences, and the message of social marginalization it sends. Nevertheless, one of many causes this observe should finish is the rising realization — throughout the nation — that these legal guidelines are merely unhealthy coverage. The overwhelming trend of the last decade has been the steady repeal of legal guidelines that put the financial burdens of funding governments and felony programs on defendants.