Category Archives: Drugs

Accelerated Rehab and Diversion Programs in Connecticut

Accelerated Rehab and Diversion Programs in Connecticut

In Connecticut, “accelerated rehabilitation” is a diversion program that allows people charged with less serious crimes to avoid convictions by completing specific court requirements such as completion of rehabilitation programs. A person needs to apply for the Accelerated Pretrial Rehabilitation Program (AR). A prosecutor may even recommend it, but acceptance is not automatic. You need […]

How Do I Fight A Drug Charge? Three Connecticut Defense Tactics

How Do I Fight A Drug Charge Three Connecticut Defense Tactics

You have been charged with possession, cultivation, or distribution of drugs in Connecticut and suddenly your career and entire future are put on the line. You are facing the risk of spending years in jail and being forced to pay significant fines. What may have seemed like a minor offense, and in fact is considered […]

State Drug Law Biased, Say Critics

State Drug Law Biased, Say Critics

As with many criminal laws, lawmakers’ heart were likely in the right place when they decided to increase criminal penalties in areas that children frequent. But the law has had unintended effects, serving to exacerbate racial disparities in the Connecticut prison system, by penalizing Hispanics and Blacks at a higher rate than their counterparts, simply […]

Hearing Addresses Connecticut Medical Marijuana Concerns

hearing addresses connecticut medical marijuana concerns

Lawmakers, farmers, and cancer survivors were among the many that gathered into a hearing room to discuss upcoming medical marijuana regulations in the state. There were proposals that were applauded and those that were not. But as the proposed regulations are discussed, I are getting closer to having a medical marijuana system in place. According […]

Are Bridgeport Police Brutal or Just “Bad Apples”?

Several recent incidents of police brutality in Bridgeport has many community leaders up in arms, asking for something major to be done. But Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. and Mayor Bill Finch say it’s nothing more than a few “bad apples” and that those situations are no cause for alarm. Perhaps the most well-known incident […]

Will CT Lawmakers Make Things Easier for Ex-Cons?

When you serve your time, you pay your debt to society, and you are released from prison, shouldn’t you have a fair shot at rebuilding your life? Many would say yes—that getting a job and having housing is crucial in making ex-convicts responsible contributors in modern society. Others, however, see any hint at assistance for […]

“Operation Slim Fast” Results in Bridgeport Cocaine Busts

The Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force made 19 arrests in their investigation “Operation Slim Fast,” according to the Connecticut Post. The investigation lasted seven months and resulted in numerous drug and weapons charges, specifically targeting the Marina Village public housing area. A group of cocaine dealers were said to have been trafficking drugs from Puerto […]

New Haven Cops Raid Apartment, Leave Resident Bloodied

Fifty-four year old Tomas Torres was cooking and watching television last Wednesday afternoon when the police stormed in unexpectedly. Torres says he was punched and stomped while police laughed about his blood spatters staining the pants of one of the officers. The cops say they were looking for a drug dealer, but no drugs were […]

Will Connecticut Decriminalize Marijuana?

If the Governor gets his way, Connecticut will become the next state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, leading them to be punishable by a fine rather than criminal charges. Though it seems like a no-brainer, particularly since nearly all surrounding states have already taken the step, some are still opposed to the […]