HARTFORD--A former Connecticut State Senator is taking Gov. Dan Malloy to court.
Len Suzio wants Malloy to testify under oath why he's allowing the Department of Corrections commissioner to break the law when it comes to providing data about prisoners being released early.
Governor Mallloy says his commissioner is following the 2015 law and providing the data they're responsible for.
Suzio says the commissioner is not releasing vital information about horrific crimes committed by prisoners who are let out early from prison.
Connecticut's Early Release Program became law in 2011. It’s Governor Malloy's signature legislation.
Suzio, who's trying to win back his Republican Senate seat, is keeping a close eye on how this law plays out. For example, “There's been about 40,000 convictsreleased from our prisons since its inception.”
Suzio points to the horrific murder of a gas station owner in Meriden in 2012. Frankie “The Razor” Resto killed the victim after being released from prison after just 60 days.
Suzio claims state data doesn't detail what crimes send early release inmates back to prison.
“Under the Freedom of Information Act, I obtained data from the first four years of this program from 2011 to October 2015 and I found on average, at least two rapes and murders that have been committed every week during that four year time by prisoners discharged early from prison, courtesy of Governor Malloy's Early Release Program. That's why he doesn't want this information public. That's why he's trying to hoodwink the public with a bogus report that doesn't have the real information,” said Suzio.
Malloy went on to say, “Since he left office, crime has been down in Connecticut very substantially. Since he left office, was voted out by his constituents, recidivism is down substantially.”
FOX 61 reached out to the Department of Correction. They released this brief statement saying, “Our agency is engaged in active litigation and will not be providing additional information."