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Leonard A. Fasano
Malloy's "second chance" bill gets mostly positive reviews

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to give nonviolent criminal offenders more opportunities to reintegrate into society received mostly positive reviews Friday from state legislators, who are being asked to reclassify drug possession as a misdemeanor instead of a felony. But Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane urged lawmakers to think twice about making such a change, suggesting the General Assembly instead focus on improving programs for first-time drug offenders as a way to ultimately reduce the number of people who later commit more crimes and get caught up in the court system. "We've got to step back and look at the system in context," Kane told the Judiciary...