Is it feasible for Connecticut to adopt a criminal justice system that is more like that of Norway and/or Germany? Are there other international best practices that would serve as reform models for Connecticut? The answer to these questions will require strategic fact-finding of best practice combined with a coordinated and collaborative study of law, policy, economics, culture, and regulations that govern each respective system, culminating in the drafting of corresponding policy recommendations for Connecticut.

Rates of Incarceration: How Does CT Compare to the Rest of the Word?

Over the last two decades, through an infusion of evidence-based policymaking CT has made great strides to both reduce the total number of incarcerated persons and improve public safety – thus bringing it closer in line with international standards and best practices.  The Department of Correction has followed suit by establishing new, more modern and humane units, such as the T.R.U.E. Unit (Cheshire) and W.O.R.T.H Unit (York). In many ways, CT has been a leader in justice reform in the nation.  By continuing its exploration of national and international best practices, CT can continue to show the nation a way forward from our recent history of mass incarceration.