Report: One In 31 In Prison, On Parol...

Report: One In 31 In Prison, On Parole Or Probation

There are 104 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Mar 3, 2009, titled Report: One In 31 In Prison, On Parole Or Probation. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

The year before Theresa C. Lantz became correction commissioner in 2003, the annual increase in the state's prison population was projected to continue unabated, as it had for 20 years.

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just a guard

Agawam, MA

#2 Mar 3, 2009
As it states in this article, you can send these inmates back into the public and supervise them in all the fancy ways. The reality of it is as soon as some high class, politically connected person is killed or raped we'll be back to the lock them up attitude. I've been working in the prison system for along time and have seen every type of commissioner there is. Com. Lantz is doing what she believes is best but I so do have to disagree with her thinking. LOCK THEM UP.


#4 Mar 3, 2009
They should allow more interstate compacts. There are many people who are on Probation and wish to transfer to another State. Those other State's are willing to accept a great majority of these people on Probation but they are told it is not possible and they are being deceived. This would greatly reduce our state budget. Also, there is an alarming high rate of young males being charged & placed on the Sex Offender Registry. Someone needs to oversee this matter.
What a joke

Canterbury, CT

#5 Mar 3, 2009
That's a lot of praise for Commissioner Lantz. The taxpayers of CT should take a hard look at what it has actually cost. She has hired many more managers for her "re-entry" system. If you speak to most parole officers you will understand that it looks good on paper, but it doesn't work. Stay tuned. Once the legislature reinstates good time credits for inmates and re-entry furloughs the flood gates will open and criminals will be let out. Too bad we didn't learn from the Cheshire tragedy, but there will be others.

Guilford, CT

#6 Mar 3, 2009
Build More Walmarts wrote:
Prisons are not a deterrent to committing crimes.
You must kill people. Preferably in public......on Sundays......after church.......on live television.........
Agree. Too many sitting on death row.

The Associated Press May 13, 2006
Inmates on Connecticut's death row:

NAME: Robert Breton AGE: 58
CRIME: Breton was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of capital felony for the Dec. 13, 1987, beating and stabbing deaths of his 38-year-old ex-wife and their 16-year-old son in Waterbury.

NAME: Sedrick "Ricky" Cobb AGE: 43
CRIME: Cobb, a former delivery man from Naugatuck, was convicted of capital felony, kidnapping, murder, sexual assault and robbery in the Dec. 16, 1989, attack on 23-year-old Julia Ashe of Watertown.

NAME: Robert Courchesne AGE: 47
CRIME: Courchesne was convicted of capital felony by a three-judge panel in the Sept. 15, 1998, deaths of Demetris Rodgers and her baby. Rodgers was eight months pregnant when she was stabbed over a $410 drug debt. Her baby was delivered by emergency Caesarean section minutes after her death, but died 42 days later.

NAME: Richard Reynolds AGE: 36
CRIME: A Brooklyn, N.Y., crack dealer, Reynolds was convicted in the Dec. 18, 1992, murder of Waterbury police Officer Walter T. Williams.

NAME: Daniel Webb AGE: 42
CRIME: Webb was convicted of kidnap and murder for the 1989 slaying of Diane Gellenbeck, a 37-year-old Connecticut National Bank vice president.

NAME: Eduardo Santiago AGE: 25
CRIME: Santiago was convicted on capital felony and murder charges after shooting Joseph Niwinksi in the left temple as he slept in his apartment. Prosecutors say he carried out the murder-for-hire scheme in exchange for a broken snowmobile.

NAME: Todd Rizzo AGE: 26
CRIME: Rizzo confessed to the 1997 murder of 13-year-old Stanley Edwards. He lured Edwards into his backyard under the guise of hunting snakes and then hit him 13 times with a 3-pound sledgehammer.

Want to save more money Lantz? Get rid of your overpaid mouthpiece Garrnet. Speak for yourself

Plainville, CT

#7 Mar 3, 2009
The problem that I have with the halfway houses is that most are owned by a few crooked present/former politicians. They collect a lot of money housing these people. It just has a real slimy feel to it.


#8 Mar 3, 2009
They really need to do more to protect the all the Employees of these Prisons. No one realizes that when they lock them all up then their is clearly not enough Staff to take care of all the overflow of these Inmates. I believe that the Employees are at a high risk. I don't believe all the Citizen's of CT give all the employees the credit they deserve. The Police & Judicial System lock these people up but the Employees are the one's who have to deal with them 24/7. They should write an article on the Employees of the Prison System. To all the Employees of the Prison-You are highly respected & greatly appreciated for all you do. No one realizes that there is a high risk for a riot when you have large numbers of inmates. These Employees put their lives on the line every day.

Bloomfield, CT

#9 Mar 3, 2009
..........They should release all non-fatal dui accident inmates, and release all non-violent low possession marijauna inmates also. The state can save million of dollars!.....It cost the state about $38,000 a year to keep one inmate in jail...

Glastonbury, CT

#10 Mar 3, 2009
my god - 47 billion a year (for the whole USA)- wow!!- This is a BARGAIN! Please build more prisons and start making jail time harder.

Please keep dangerous people locked up. Also compare the $79 per day to how much it costs to police, prosecute, and provide social services to the druggies and their families.

Bloomfield, CT

#11 Mar 3, 2009
......................Some how ,make the inmates pay for their own incarceration, before or after imprisonment...If an inmate has capital the state should tke it away and auction it off to help pay for his jail time.......
Citizen Joe


#12 Mar 3, 2009
Can we put a Half Way house next to each member of the Courant Editorial Board ?

Maybe then they will want more people behind bars !

Webster, MA

#14 Mar 3, 2009
no build prisons just come to MASS and see what the liberal version of a community is...criminals run ramant...
Good Riddance

Cambridge, MA

#16 Mar 3, 2009
This looks like the only growth industry in the state.

Stevenson, CT

#17 Mar 3, 2009
Said it before....will say iy again. Before you hit prison in Ct., every opportunity has been afforded you that can be with alternative programs, probation, etc. When you finally get sent there, you deserve it. You have bombed out of all these opportunities to make good. You are not some poor kid caught with a joint. The stats they throw out are skewed, not telling all the cases they nolled to get the one conviction that they plea bargained. Convictions and corrections info does not tell the whole story, only police reports do and they are destroyed when the case is nolled.

The libs are trying to deceive you once again.

Wallingford, CT

#18 Mar 3, 2009
The reason people commit crimes is because of article like this. The know the prisons are overcrowded and will only serve part of their sentence. So the risk to reward ratio is improved for the criminal.

You know like the drug dealer that roamed around here in the Westlake community of Middletown that served less than one year for armed robbery and was back out dealing and terrorizing people.

Thankfully he eventually moved out of the area before he got caught with the big crimes.
Dig Deeper Courant

Bridgewater, NJ

#19 Mar 3, 2009
If you want to know why the rate of incarceration decreased, look at the policies forced upon parole and probation officers. Former inmates who are supposed to be supervised are re-offending but without consequence. That is how the magicians make it seem as though there is a reduction in parole/probation violations. They just don’t get violated and sent back to jail unless someone ends up dead.
Richard Moresby

Saga, Japan

#20 Mar 3, 2009
Not from your state, I am from Alabama. But I am shocked. Only 1 in 31. Looking at my high-school classmates, I would say 1 in 5 would be more suitable. Really, you are nuts if you don't keep those folks contained. Bad apples, ruin the rest of youth and society, and then you have a real problem.
Right On

United States

#22 Mar 3, 2009
Lantz's job is not to build communities it is to run prisons and keep society safe from crimiinals.

Granby, CT

#23 Mar 3, 2009
There is no cure for low IQ and inmates have been shown to have a low IQ average. If we want to lower the prison rate we need to stop subsidizing the underclass through welfare for all this has done is swelled the ranks of people who tend to eventually end up in prison. If anything, we should be giving financial incentives to the brightest people to be having more children, not the dumbest. Welfare is dumbing down the population through welfare.
HC Here

Alexandria, VA

#24 Mar 3, 2009
It appears from the article that "building communities" and "working with" prisoners does not reduce the amount of crime.

Gee, if you tolerate bad behavior, and don't punish wrong doing, you don't reduce the amount of bad behavior and wrong doing? There's a shock. What idiot thought it would. Oh yeah, the Democrats who don't want to punish wrongdoers.(But they sure love to beat up on innocent bankers and George Bush, both of whom did nothing illegal.)

Building more prisons would create jobs - shovel ready jobs with a bunch of losers just waiting to fill them. A general public would sleep safer.
Waldo 313

Marietta, GA

#26 Mar 3, 2009
It cost so much money to imprison them because the guards all make $150-$200,000 a year as they feast on overtime.

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