A class action lawsuit alleged prisoners had to drink and bathe in dirty, smelly water in a Connecticut jail years before two prisoners contracted Legionnaires’ disease.
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Signed during the legislative session of 2021, the largest component of the law allows the erasure of certain criminal records from 2023. By law, people accused of minor offenses can ask a court to erase their public records after seven years if the offense was committed on or after January 1, 2000.
The law does not apply to Class A, B or C crimes (which may include murder, aggravated sexual assault of a minor, or first degree manslaughter with a firearm) – or crimes of domestic violence and some crimes against sex offenders. Some minor offenses (class D or E crimes) can be erased after seven years if the offense was committed after January 1, 2000.
From July, the law will allow a police officer part of a disciplinary investigation involving a body camera or dashboard camera to review footage in the presence of a lawyer and view other camera footage capturing the officer in question during the incident. Within 48 hours of the officer’s review (or 96 hours after the incident if the officer does not review the images), the recording may be released to the public upon request.
Other provisions that come into force on January 1, 2022 include the authorization of a judge or jury in a case involving the use of force by a police officer to use the willful omission of a police officer to ” use a body camera to draw conclusions from the trial on the basis of the Body Camera Use Act. .