NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — The judicial layoffs are happening all along the shoreline and all across the state and some tell News8 the impact will be felt well beyond the walls of the courthouses.
“Court services seem to be overwhelmed as it is and I can imagine having less bodies to do that job is going to make it even worse,” says Andrew Marrochini who owns BailCo and is the president of the Bail Association of Connecticut.
He counts on court cases to run smoothly and quickly. “We’re liable for these cases and the longer they take the longer we have liability thus exposing us to potential loss for even longer,” says Marrocchini.
Caseflow coordinators, family relations counselors, probation officers, and judicial marshals make up much of the 239 workers expected to be laid off later this month.
Joe Gaetano, the president of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers local 731 tells News8 “These cuts are not only devastating to the 27 Judicial Security Officers, 53 Marshals, 47 Marshal Trainees and their families, they pose significant issues for the safe and orderly operations of the Branch as a whole.”
Carrie Dyer, COO of Reliance House in Norwich works closely with probation officers. She worries their partnership could become less effective with layoffs.
“And I know already that their caseloads are exceptionally high so I”d be very worried what that would mean for the services that our folks are getting,” says Dyer.
The non-profit which provides community mental health services is also concerned its jail diversion efforts could be in jeopardy.
“I’d be worried that that would be lost in the mix as well,” says Dyer. “That we wouldn’t be represented and folks would be getting over to Correction as opposed to treatment.”