Criminal justice officials meet in Hartford to talk reform

File photo of Governor Malloy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Corrections and judicial officials from across the country have gathered in Hartford for a conference on reforming the nation’s criminal justice systems.

The Reimagining Justice Conference was the brainchild of Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has made the issue of criminal-justice reform a focus of his administration.

Judges, prison officials, former inmates and others are spending two days discussing everything from pre-trial detention to preparing prisoners to re-enter the workforce.

Malloy, a Democrat, says society was once about giving people who have made mistakes a second chance. He says he’s hopeful the programs being discussed will lead to a system where fewer people end up with criminal records and prisoners are more successful when they are released than when they went to prison.

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