Connecticut Drafting Legislation That Would Make It Easier for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals to Obtain Housing
Date:  01-24-2019

30-Page offers focuses on solutions to end housing discrimination after release from prison
From New Haven Register:

As Connecticut’s prison population shows signs of stabilizing after years of shrinking, the General Assembly and administration of Gov. Ned Lamont are tackling new ways of lowering recidivism, including a push to discourage housing authorities and other landlords from barring ex-offenders as tenants.

A working group of the legislature’s Commission on Equity and Opportunity released a 30-page report that identifies restrictive housing policies and a lack of re-entry support as obstacles to Connecticut continuing to lower recidivism and shrink its prison population.

“Up to 95 percent of people who have been incarcerated in Connecticut will return to our communities one day,” the report says. “Having a safe and stable place to live is essential for their successful reintegration. Research shows that if a person has stable housing, they are less likely to commit a new crime and end up back behind bars.” Continue reading >>>