Malloy: Budget faces $15M cut if criminal justice bill dies

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HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the state’s budget could face a $15 million cut if Connecticut lawmakers don’t return in a special session to pass his criminal justice reform bill.

The Democrat said Monday that’s how much his bill was projected to save in the revised $19.7 billion budget that cleared the General Assembly during a special session, which hasn’t yet officially adjourned.

Leaders of the Democratic-controlled legislature have yet to say when or if they will return to vote on Malloy’s bill.

The legislation would extend juvenile court jurisdiction to young adults up to age 21. It would also limit the imposition of surety bonds for misdemeanor offenders.

Connecticut NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile is urging lawmakers to pass the legislation, saying it would ensure young people aren’t disenfranchised.

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