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Joan V Hartley

Malloy Hails "Second Chance Society'' Criminal Justice Law

Malloy Hails "Second Chance Society'' Criminal Justice Law

During a ceremonial signing ceremony, Gov. Dannel Malloy hailed his "Second Chance Society'' initiative Thursday that calls for reduced penalties for drug possession and intends to help convicted criminals to reform their lives.

Malloy had signed the actual bill on June 30, but the signing ceremony was held in the Capitol's ornate Old Judiciary Room to thank Republicans, Democrats, and staff members who worked for numerous hours on the details of the bill.

The bill and its previous versions had been controversial regarding the penalties for drug possession near schools. The final version "reduces the enhanced penalty for drug possession near schools or day care...