A Connecticut TV station filed a report about a drug bust in December 2014. Among other related charges, a Coventry couple was arrested and charged with marijuana possession and cultivation. Police said the defendants had 10 pounds of marijuana and operated a drug farm in the basement of their home.
Capital punishment was abandoned in Connecticut in 2012. An intentional killing was reclassified as a class A felony rather than a capital crime and was no longer punishable by death. Nevertheless, murder charges are very serious allegations, even without the threat of death.
Pretrial diversionary programs for Connecticut defendants benefit the legal system. The programs preserve the time and talents of judges and attorneys, while reducing the prison population. When the alternative programs work as they are designed to do, Windham defendants are less likely to face future criminal charges.
Between 2008 and 2010, Connecticut lawmakers approved revisions to state laws dealing with stolen personal and financial information. New, harsher punishments were imposed for identity theft and related theft-by-fraud crimes.