A Juvenile Justice Forum is being held virtually tonight by members of the Newtown state legislative delegation. Representatives Mitch Bolinsky and Tony Scott will be joined by Senator Tony Hwang for a discussion led by Judiciary Committee ranking member Representative Craig Fishbein. They says this is in response to concerns of residents statewide who are alarmed by the rise in juvenile crime, including a rampant increase in incidents involving the theft of motor vehicles.
Tonight's Zoom forum is at 6:30. The lawmakers plant to discuss a proposal to address an ongoing increase in juvenile crime.
Bolinsky says Newtown Police Administrative Sgt Jeff Silver reported that during the summer and fall of 2021, Newtown saw a rash of car break-ins, mostly committed by juveniles, and difficult to investigate.
In 2020, Connecticut saw a 40 percent increase in car thefts, which totaled more than 8,400, the highest rate since 2011.