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April 2013 Archives

Connecticut juvenile law seeks new justice for offenders

Major goals of the American criminal justice system may be to protect victims and rehabilitate offenders, but that is not the case for thousands of kids accused of serious crimes each year in this country. For many, their first and only offense may place them in prison for the rest of their lives even though they are still considered minors under the law. Criminal law as it relates to juvenile offenders has been scrutinized in recent years on the state and federal level, and it seems Connecticut is taking notice and action.

Connecticut teacher accused of sexually assaulting students

Teachers are often responsible for upholding strict standards for behavior and social conduct. Not only is it their duty to teach children according to academic lesson plans but they are also viewed as mentors and examples of outstanding citizens. And while many communities revere their educators for their hard work and dedication to their students, some people may fail to recognize that teachers have personal lives and deal with very serious issues of their own. Many of the details surrounding the case have yet to be revealed, but one Farmington, Connecticut, teacher is facing serious allegations regarding his alleged involvement with some of his students.

Minor offenses have serious ramifications for Connecticut kids

When Connecticut families, and those all throughout the country, send their kids off to school they are releasing them into a much different world than existed only a decade ago. No parent can afford to be innocent to the fact that schools are not the safe havens many once trusted them to be, and no one can assume they are entirely protected from random acts of violence. In uncertain times like these, parents, students and entire communities are expected to be especially vigilant about preventing crimes before they can occur. And while most agree that all learning establishments must strictly enforce a zero-tolerance policy for guns and/or other weapons on campuses, individual cases of kids being punished for their mistakes may reflect greater fears and insecurities.

Should sex offenders pay an annual fee to be in the registry?

When someone is convicted of committing a crime in Connecticut, as in states across the country, he or she is expected to abide by the terms of their sentence. The sentence ruling specifies the type, severity, and duration of penance the individual owes to the victim/s and society as a whole. However, some crimes can carry life-long sentences and/or implications. What happens, then, when new legislation threatens to add penalties to offenders that are already serving out their extended sentences?