Open Letter Concerning Human Rights and Criminal Justice Reform in Connecticut

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Dear Connecticut Legislator,

We, the undersigned, write now to support proposals to reduce the use of incarceration in the state’s criminal justice system and to reinvest resources from prison and jail funding into community-driven reentry initiatives and programs. We understand that the State General Assembly will begin the appropriations process during the 2021 legislative session. We recognize that due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the state faces difficult budgetary tradeoffs and decisions. In this context, we urge you to consider the following proposals:

· reduce spending on prisons and the related infrastructure and personnel involved in incarceration. This
should not be understood as support for measures that seek to reduce per capita spending in the prison
system but rather as support for reducing the number of those incarcerated;

· prioritize investments in communities directly affected by criminal enforcement;

· make detention, when necessary, more humane;

· provide greater educational and employment training to those incarcerated; and

· invest in community-led reentry programs and initiatives.

In this regard, we have reviewed the analysis and recommendations contained in the document “Connecticut at the Crossroads: COVID-19, the State Budget Crisis and the Path Towards Decarceration, Public Safety and Community Investment.” The document is the result of research and analysis by experts at the University Network for Human Rights, based on campus at Wesleyan University in Middletown, and the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders.

We urge you to carefully review the proposals and supporting information and analysis in the document as you decide how best to invest the resources entrusted to you by the people of Connecticut. We, the undersigned, are available to assist you and to provide further information during your work.

With our appreciation and wishes for a successful legislative session.

Signed,

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*** Institutional affiliation for identity only ***

• César Abadía, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut

• Samuel Aber, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Frederick L Altice MD, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Yale University

• Karen Anderson, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Sophia Angelis, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Stephen Angle, Director, Fries Center for Global Studies and Professor of Philosophy, Wesleyan University

• Rani Arbo, Campus and Community Engagement Manager, Wesleyan University Center for the Arts

• Victoria Baena, PhD candidate, Yale University

• Atticus Ballesteros, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Camila Bustos, Associate in Human Rights Practice, University Network for Human Rights and J.D. Candidate , Yale Law School

• Jorge Camacho, Policing, Law, and Policy Director, The Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School

• Natalie Savoie Cauley, Yale Law School

• James Cavallaro, former President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

• Kami Choi, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Andrew Clark, Director, Institute for Municipal and Regional Planning, Central Connecticut State University

• Alhaji Conteh, Africana Studies Institute, University of Connecticut

• Justin Cole, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Eshan Dabak, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Michael Daly, Returning Citizen

• Mayur Desai, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Yale School of Public Health

• Barry Diamond Executive Director, Reentry Survivors LLC

• Amelia Dunnell, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Ellen Edens, Associate Professor, Yale School of Medicine

• Gidgit Farinha Job Developer, Community Solutions Inc.

• Gerald Friedland, MD, Professor emeritus , Yale School of Medicine and Public Health

• Nancy Gartley Ticket to Work Navigator/Human Services Case Manager

• Julia Geiger, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Christopher Gohl, Weltethos Institute, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

• Jonathan Goldman Executive Director of the Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice

• TJ Grayson, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Camila Gripp, Senior Research Associate, The Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School

• Alice Hadler, Senior Associate Director of the Fries Center for Global Studies and Associate Dean of International Student Affairs, Wesleyan University

• Jim Hadler, Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale School of Public Health

•Max Hadler, Concerned CT native

• Katharina von Hammerstein, Professor, University of Connecticut

• John Hamilton CEO, Liberation Programs

• Scott Harding, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut

• Anthony Ryan Hatch, Associate Professor of Science in Society, Wesleyan University

• Megan Hauptman, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Rob Hebert Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative Co-Chair

• Robert Heimer, Professor of Epidemiology and of Pharmacology, Yale University

• Beth Hines Executive Director, Community Partners in Action

• Liz Jacob, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Carol Jones, Director of Harm Reduction, Alliance for Living

• Brendan Kane, Associate Professor, History, University of Connecticut; Director, Democracy and Dialogues Initiative

• Kerwin Kaye, Assoc. Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan University

• Matt Kellner, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Dorothee Kimmich, Professor, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

• Renee LeMark, Senior Policy and Research Analyst, Central Connecticut State University

• Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project, Education Fellow, Dodd Human Rights Impact

• Faith Lewis, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Professor of American Studies, Wesleyan University

• Kaveh Khoshnood Associate Professor, Yale School of Public Health

• Makaela Kingsley, Director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Wesleyan University

• Adam Kinkley, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Jennifer Kleindienst, Director of Sustainability, Wesleyan University

• Samuel Kuhn, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Barbara Kuryluk Dept. Head Outpatient Services Recovery Network of Programs

• Basak Kus, Associate Professor of Government, Wesleyan University

• Sophie Laing, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Molly Land Professor of Law and Human Rights, University of Connecticut

• Tobias Lebens PhD candidate, Universität Tübingen

• Angie Liao, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Kathryn Libal, Director, Human Rights Institute and Associate Professor of Social Work and Human Rights, University of Connecticut

• Line Lillevik, Program Director, MA/MSc Program in International & World History, Columbia University

• Patrick Liu, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Juan Luna, Yale Law School

• Claudia Kahindi, Law student, University of Oxford

• Elizabeth Magenheimer, Fair Haven Health Care

• Eliza Mahoney Concerned CT native

• Logan Malach J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

•Nadejda Marques, Postdoctoral Fellow at CES University of Coimbra

• Francesca Maviglia, Yale School of Public Health

• Jaimie Meyer Associate Professor, Yale School of Medicine

• Bud McAllister President/ Founder Partners in Healthy Communities

• Verla Michel Bridgeport AIC Director, Community Solutions, Inc.

• Glenn Mitoma, Director, Dodd Human Rights Impact and Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Education, University of Connecticut

• Samuel Moyn, Henry Luce Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School

• Ruhan Nagra, Supervisor in Human Rights Practice, University Network for Human Rights

• Ernest E. Newton ll Returning Citizen Navigator, Careerresources

• Andrew Ntim, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Katharine A. Owens, Director, University Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor, Department of Politics, Economics, and International Studies, University of Hartford

• Eli Pales, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Joshua Petersen, Research and Development Officer, University Network for Human Rights

• Amir Abdur Rahman Invictus Program Mentor, Domus Kids Inc.

•Alex Rains, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

• Mack Ramsden, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Susan Randolph, Associate Professor Emeritas, Human Rights Measurement Initiative Co- founder & Economic and Social Rights Lead

• Jennifer Rose, Professor of the Practice, Wesleyan University

• Peter Rutland, Professor of Government, Wesleyan University

• Caroline Sarnoff, Executive Director, Justice Collaboratory, Yale Law School

• Albert Scherr (Prof. Dr.), University of Education, Freiburg/Germany

• Sidney Schnoll, Pinney Associates

• Florian Schmidt, Tübingen University, Germany

• Amy Schoenecker, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Economics & International Studies, University of Hartford

• Bilal Dabir Sekou, Associate Professor Political Science, University of Hartford

• Aasha Shaik, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Lexi Smith, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Jake Skrzypiec, Education Fellow, Dodd Human Rights Impact, University of Connecticut; Steering Board Member, CT Human Rights Partnership

• Sandra A. Springer, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

• John Stewart, Associate Professor, emeritus

• Rachel Talamo, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Jeanette M. Tetrault, MD rofessor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

• Antonia Thompson Stamford Youth Services Bureau, Project Coordinator- Restorative Justice Project

• Lynne Tirrell, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut

• Kelly Thompson, CEO, Alliance for Living

• Sten H. Vermund, Dean, Yale School of Public Health

• David Vlahov, Professor of Nursing, Yale University

• Ramis Wadood, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Michael Walton Sr., Reverend

• Caira Ward The Rowan Center

• Christine Weber Root Center for Advanced Recovery

• Friedemann Weidauer, Professor, University of Connecticut

• Uwe Wenzel, Director, Mark Twain Center for Transatlantic Relations, Heidelberg, Germany

• Alisa White, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

• Richard A. Wilson, Associate Dean, University of Connecticut School of Law

• Sarah Willen, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director, Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut

• Sebastian Wogenstein, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Connecticut/Baden-Württemberg Human Rights Research Consortium, University of Connecticut

• Barry Woods, Director of Outreach & Young Adult Programming/ Stamford Boys and Girls Club

• Maggie Young Liberation Programs, Inc.

• Magdalena Zapędowska, Visiting Professor and Asst. Director of Fellowships, Wesleyan University




Undergraduate Students

• Tracy Cui, Wesleyan University

•Jesse de la Bastide, Wesleyan University

• Andrew Simard, Wesleyan University

• Simon Gaughan, Wesleyan University

• Sydney Elkhay, University of Connecticut

• Ifeoma Anyoku, Brown University

• Christian Nesfield, The New School

• Jocelyn Cedeno, Middlebury College

• Mara Cavallaro, Brown University

• Angelo Andrade, Brown University

• Amber Hedquist, Florida State University

• Andrew Kushnir, Wesleyan University

• Youngeun Lee, Brown University

• Kris Cho, Brown University

• Zanagee Artis, Brown University

• Mackenzie Goodwin, Plymouth State University

• Katarina Mongiardo, Wesleyan University

• Kayla Koroma, Cornell University

• Evan Dong, Brown University

• Julia Peabody-Harhigh, Williams College

• Morgan Evans, Brown University

• Angelo Andrade, Brown University

• Alexander Tin, Brown University

• Nicole Allina, Wesleyan University

• Sharothy Mahmud, Barnard College

• Jai'el Toussaint, Brown University

• Daniel Kraft, Wesleyan University

• Kenneth Morris, University of California

• Lillian Hua, Yale University

• Yael Yossefy, Wesleyan University

• Sarah Weiner, University of Toronto

• Jakob Travis, University of California

• Malak Afaneh, Pomona College

• Malique Bodie, Brown University

•Helena Ware, Yale University

•Jakob Travis, UCSB

•Eric Bullock

•Wesley Babbitt, UCSB

•Kaven Konda, CSU

•Carson Kile, University of California

•Sydney Young, Harvard University

•Ricky Gutierrez, Boise State University

•Tess Solot-Kehl, Wesleyan University

•Thea Ranelli, Wesleyan University

•Jenny Margolis, Wesleyan University

•Annie Wendorf, Wesleyan University

•Caitlin Kollins, Kenyon College

•Margot Bickler, Macalester College

•Emily Tamkin, Bates College

•Marco Bragado, Wesleyan University

•Eliza Zaroff, Wesleyan University

•Cassidy McDonough, Wesleyan University

•Luisana Guerrero, Brown University

•Luis Martínez, Vanderbilt University

•Madelynn Roche, Vanderbilt University

•Luis Perez, Wesleyan University

•Emily Shiroff, Vanderbilt University

•Nilai Vemula, Vanderbilt University

•Roman Bacchetta, Vanderbilt University

•Sunil Shenoy, Vanderbilt University

•Zahra Biabani, Vanderbilt Universitt

•Shun Ahmed, Vanderbilt University

•Rashmi Jha, Vanderbilt University

•Brannen Dickson, Vanderbilt University

•Hermela Gebremariam, Vanderbilt University

•Kaitlyn Williams, Vanderbilt University

•Teresa Xu, Vanderbilt University

•Rohit Kataria, Vanderbilt University

•Gabrielle Guarna, Vanderbilt University

•Caroline Wilkerson, Vanderbilt University

•Aaron Goldman, Wesleyan University

•Samyukta Yenamandra, Vanderbilt University

•Abigail Schultz, Vanderbilt University

•Abigail Schultz, Vanderbilt University

•Elizabeth Hooey, Vanderbilt University

•Elijah Sheridan, Vanderbilt University

•Stephen Brainerd, Wesleyan University

•Terry Brannigan, Wesleyan University

•Zahra Biabani, Vanderbilt University

•Laith Kayat, Vanderbilt University

•Melanie Mountry, UC Santa Barbara

•Laith Kayat, Vanderbilt University

•Austin Wang, Vanderbilt University

•Hannah Goldstein, Wesleyan University

•Rashmi Jha, Vanderbilt University

•Timothy White, Wesleyan University

•Austin Hoag, Vanderbilt University

•Margot Lurie , Amherst College

•Haley Keepax, Savannah College of Art and Design

•Iman Cochu, Brown University

•Emily Shiroff, Vanderbilt University

•Hailey Zhu, Boston College

•Mia Kotelec, UCSB

•Carissa Li, Vanderbilt University

•Helena de Oliveira Laub, University of Southern California

•Betty Barnett, Vanderbilt University

•Ruby Levitin, Wesleyan University

•Zander Owens

•Justin Ratkovic, Wesleyan alumnus

•Betty Barnett, Vanderbilt University

•Alec Salit, University of central Florida

•Stephanie Dukich, Wesleyan University Alumni

•Luke Goldstein, Wesleyan Alumni

•Veer Shah, Vanderbilt University

•Alec Salit, University of central Florida

•Nate Rich, University of Richmond

•Gabrielle Ouellette, Wesleyan University

•Estelle Shaya, Undergraduate Student at Vanderbilt University

•Eleanor Van Evera, Wesleyan University

•Morgan Elrod-Erickson, Vanderbilt University

•Stephanie Dukich, Wesleyan University Alumni

•Lisa Stein, Wesleyan University

•Shannon Duffy, University of Connecticut

•Shaun Simoneau, University of Connecticut

• Amanda Vera, Princeton University

• Sophie Bird, Student, Wesleyan University

•Joseph Sexto, Vanderbilt University

•Rashmi Jha, Vanderbilt University

•Margaret Rodriguez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• James Chang, University of Pennsylvania

• Ryan Joyce, Vanderbilt University

• Chidera Ejikeme, Harvard University

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