CONECT, Allies pack hearing on Clean Slate

54 CONECT leaders along with dozens of other allies from the ACLU of CT, the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance, the Katal Center, #cut50, and others packed the Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Clean Slate legislation in Hartford on March 9th. 4 CONECT leaders testified in support of SB 403 — some waiting about 8 hours to do so. Here are a few initial press links:
NBC CT news
Hartford Courant
CT News Junkie

CONECT leaders keep pressure on for “robust” Clean Slate law

CONECT leaders have continued to press in the weeks since our Jan 30th Winter Assembly and the start of the legislative session on Feb 5th for a robust Clean Slate law that includes people with felony records. On Feb 19th, CONECT leaders gave Gov. Lamont 805 signed postcards encouraging him to support a broader Clean Slate bill.

See some of these recent press accounts:

613 Pack Mt. Aery for Winter Assembly w Gov. Lamont, AG Tong, Legislators & Others

More than 600 CONECT leaders & allies packed into the Bass Hall of Mt. Aery Baptist Church on January 30th for CONECT’s Winter Assembly. The centerpiece issue of the Assembly was Clean Slate, an effort to create a system for automatic criminal record expungement. Gov. Lamont attended the Assembly and pledged support for Clean Slate, to introduce his own bill on the topic, and to press to get Clean Slate passed this year. Attorney General William Tong was asked about preventing ICE immigration enforcement activities in Connecticut courthouses and pledged to fight to stop the potentially dangerous practice. Leaders also presented on CONECT’s leading work on gun violence through the Do Not Stand Idly By campaign and the emerging Gun Safety Consortium. CONECT also welcomed Spring Glen Church of Hamden as a new member!

Clean Slate Campaign Picking Up Steam

CONECT’s Criminal Justice Reform Team is busy this winter / spring leading a legislative campaign to create a new system of automatic expungement of criminal records in Connecticut. Recently Hugh Bailey wrote a column in the CT Post & New Haven Register about the campaign and the New York Times ran an Opinion piece on Clean Slate nationally.

CONECT Leaders Asti Jackson & Lonnie Spaulding questioning Gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont about the Clean Slate proposal at CONECT’s Candidate Assembly on Oct 22, 2018

The Connecticut “Clean Slate” plan would build off of Connecticut’s existing Board of Pardons and Paroles system, making expungements of criminal records 3 years after a misdemeanor and 5 years after a non-violent felony automatic.

See CONECT’s Fact Sheet and FAQ for more background information.

Clean Slate Kick-Off

Come out on Sunday, Jan 6th at 3:00pm to Mt. Aery Baptist Church to join CONECT clergy, lay leaders, allies, and key legislators as we kick-off our Clean Slate Legislative Campaign.  Clean Slate would create a system for automatic expungement of criminal records for those that remain crime free after serving their sentence — 3 years after a misdemeanor and 5-years after a non-violent felony.  To learn more, see our 1-page Fact Sheet or FAQ sheet.  

750+ Pack CONECT Candidate Assembly

On Monday, Oct 22nd, more than 750 CONECT members turned out for our 2018 General Election Candidate Assembly at Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport.  Candidates for Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer attended and answered questions concerning gun violence, immigration, healthcare / mental health, and criminal justice reform issues.  News 12 CT and WSHU Radio covered the Assembly.  CONECT also published a brief Report on the Assembly as well.