New project focused on CT criminal justice system

A collaborative effort was announced Tuesday that officials say will focus on improving the fairness and efficiency of the state’s criminal justice system.

Chief State Attorney Richard J. Colangelo Jr. announced the creation of Moving Justice Forward, a collaboration between the Criminal Justice Division and the Center for Court Innovation.

The project, funded by the Herbert & Nell Singer Foundation, will be based on analysis of prosecution policies and practices in the judicial districts of Hartford, New Britain, New London and Danbury, officials said.

Colangelo, in a statement, said the goal was for the project to promote transformative justice initiatives.

Center for Court Innovation staff will conduct interviews with prosecutors, victims, criminal justice system stakeholders and focus groups. Officials said staff members would also oversee court hearings and review data.

The project will also review case initiation, arraignment, plea negotiations, sentencing, bail and communications with law enforcement, officials said.

Those involved will also rely on an advisory group – to be announced at a later date – made up of criminal justice actors, policy makers and justice system partners in the areas of prosecution, defense, law enforcement and those affected by crime, officials said.