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    Saturday, June 10, 2023

    Role of Board of Pardons and Parole

    When someone commits a crime and is imprisoned, the goal is to rehabilitate that person so that they may emerge as a reformed member of society. Instead lengthy prison sentences are often handed out in the belief that punishment will scare people into compliance. A society built on the fear of punishment is not healthy.

    I’m writing to express support for the positive impact of commuting sentences for individuals who have demonstrated remorse, rehabilitation, and the potential for reintegration into society. Opposition from Connecticut Republicans is simply political theater in place of any good ideas for making our state a better place.

    It is disheartening to see politicians prioritize an agenda over justice, compassion, and rehabilitation. The role of the Board of Pardons and Paroles is to evaluate each commutation application based on merit and the potential for successful reintegration. By opposing Carleton Giles' appointment, these politicians are disregarding the importance of fair and impartial decision-making. They fail to acknowledge the positive outcomes that come from thoughtful sentence commutations, such as reduced recidivism rates and positive impacts reformed individuals can have in communities.

    We should prioritize evidence-based policies and the fair administration of justice over political posturing.

    Nicholas Menapace


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