Connecticut: A Model for Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

Room for improvement remains

Slide from the CT Criminal Justice Reform Field Scan prepared by the Katal Center for Health, Equity,and Justice .

In alignment with its reentry strategy work, The Community Foundation co-hosted a Funders Briefing on July 31, 2019 to review the Connecticut Criminal Justice Reform Field Scan, produced by the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice. Special guest Leonard Noisette, director of Justice Team at Open Society Foundations, led a discussion around two key research findings: the need to expand capacity for community organizing in Connecticut, on criminal justice reform and related issues; and the need for the criminal justice reform field to align with other reform areas such as housing, labor and employment, healthcare, education and immigration.

Results of the Scan suggest that Connecticut is a model for reform that other states can follow, But, there is room for improvement in reducing the racial disparities in incarceration rates (skewed negatively toward black and brown community members) and the probation parole system.

The event was co-hosted with The Tow Foundation and the Perrin Family Foundation. To read the report, visit