Connecticut's John Santa Speaks Out on State Leadership in Criminal Justice Reform
Date:  12-08-2014

Longtime advocate for criminal justice reform offers sound ideas other states can replicate
This past week Reentry Central has featured articles on what states are doing to reduce prison populations, keep young people from entering the criminal justice system, and to put a dent in recidivism rates. Michigan, Massachusetts and Arkansas have all come up with viable plans that include finding transitional housing for reentering citizens, shifting away from school suspensions and criminal charges for minor issues, and hiring more parole officers.

Connecticut is known to have implemented many criminal justice reform measures of its own, including closing prisons, abolishing the death penalty, offering “good-time” credit, and overhauling its juvenile justice system.

John Santa, a respected advocate of criminal justice reform, would like to see even more criminal justice measures implemented in Connecticut to keep Connecticut as a top leader in reform.

Over the years Santa has had hundreds of meetings with opinion leaders and government officials about the need for criminal justice reform in Connecticut, and America.(See Reentry Central Malta Prison Volunteers Prodigal Project Helps Formerly Incarcerated Persons Find Employment, April 24, 2011 and In the Spotlight: Malta Justice Initiative, November 4, 2014). Santa was instrumental in publishing The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration Has Hijacked The American Dream, a book that offers a blueprint for reform which could be replicated in other states.

Read what Santa has to say about mass incarceration and what can be done to improve reintegration in his Connecticut Mirror op ed.