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GOP: Murder highlights deficiencies in risk reduction program

Sen. Len Fasano (Hugh McQuaid photo)
Sen. Len Fasano (Hugh McQuaid photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The August murder of an infant in Bristol highlights deficiencies in a state program aimed at rehabilitating prisoners, a group of Republican senators said at a Wednesday press conference.

Arthur Hapgood, the man accused of stabbing a young girl to death on Aug. 19, was permitted to participate in the Correction Department’s Risk Reduction Credit program despite repeated offenses during his time as an inmate, Sens. Len Fasano and John McKinney said.

The program was adopted under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and passed by Democrats in the legislature. It allows inmates to earn credits for participating in recidivism reduction programs. The credits can be used to reduce an inmate’s prison sentence by up to five days a month.

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