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Category: Criminal Justice Reform

Two Years Later: Police Photos Once Highlighted Stark Divide in Public Attitude toward Drug Crimes

Although the following seems like eons ago in terms of today’s ever-changing 24 hour news cycle, in 2016 the East Liverpool Police Department in Ohio commanded the American public’s attention by posting the then-viral images of two people sitting in a car, overdosed from heroin, with a four-year-old child sitting alert in the back seat.  Privacy issues set aside, this unfortunate scene had people starkly divided.  Some people viewed the police’s photos as perpetuating stigma, fueling a lynch-mob mentality towards [...]

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Are Penalties for Robbery Different Than Burglary in CT? Not Really

Burglary | Robbery/Burglary | Theft Crimes

The question of what is burglary vs. robbery is one that is often asked by the uninitiated. It is easy to confuse the two and different states around the country often have different laws and definitions. Many view robberies as a far more severe crime than burglaries.

While the state of Connecticut maintains different legal definitions for robbery and burglary, on the other hand, the courts typically view them as nearly identical when it comes to sentencing.

This is why [...]

CT Sex Crime Convictions Equal More Than Just Criminal Penalties

Sex Crimes | Sex Offender Registry

Being convicted of any crime is, in its own right, something that is bound to follow you long after you’ve done your time. That being said, research suggests there are certain convictions that seem to be viewed far more negatively in society…and for much longer.

Sex crimes are among the worst. This is because while, yes, there are legal penalties attached to sex crime convictions, there are also significant social penalties.

The unique and unparalleled stigma surrounding sex crime convictions [...]

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