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Reforms implemented to address juvenile car thefts, repeat offenders

Some reforms have been implemented in Connecticut to address juvenile car thefts and repeat offenders.  Bethel state Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan says starting this month new policies took effect to help police take serious offenders off the streets.  Police departments now have the ability to seek additional information 24/7 regarding a juvenile’s prior criminal history, including probation, pending cases and convictions.  Police will have discretion to seek additional information for when they deem it is necessary to do so.  The turnaround time for this information request between the police department and the Juvenile Probation office is estimated to be around 1 hour, effectively ending what people call “catch and release” of repeat offenders, as it will happen within the maximum time of 6 hours to hold a juvenile for detention. 

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Todd Schnitt

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