October 21, 2008

Petit to join Hamzy and Fitzgerald for press conference Thursday

Press release from the state House GOP:

Rep. Hamzy, 77th Assembly District Candidate Fitzgerald to Hold Three Strikes News Conference at City Hall  Will Sign Pledge to Support Three Strikes Law if Elected; Dr. William Petit, Johanna Petit-Chapman to Participate                         

State Representative William A. Hamzy and 77th Assembly District candidate Jill Fitzgerald will hold a news conference Thursday, October 23rd at Bristol City Hall, where they will sign a pledge to vote for a meaningful ‘three strikes’ law if they are elected to the state House of Representatives November 4th.

They will be joined by Dr. William A. Petit Jr., M.D., whose family was murdered during an invasion of their Cheshire home July 23, 2007 by two recently-paroled burglars; by Dr. Petit’s sister, Johanna Petit-Chapman; and by state Senator Sam S. F. Caliguri, R-16th District, chairman of the 3 Strikes Now Coalition.

Dr. Petit and Johanna Petit-Chapman are the organization’s honorary co-chairs. The coalition is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to having a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ law enacted in Connecticut. The proposed three strikes law would require judges to impose life sentences without the possibility of parole on criminals convicted of three violent felony offenses, such as murder, rape, home invasion, or kidnapping.

The three strikes initiative is intended to protect innocent, law-abiding citizens from repeat violent offenders whose criminal histories strongly indicate that they are so prone to violence and so unwilling or unable to change their behavior that they should be kept behind bars because of the threat they pose to society.

The coalition has sent all candidates for the state legislature a letter asking them to sign a pledge form promising to support enactment of a three strikes law if they are elected.

The news conference will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 23rd in the meeting room at Bristol City Hall. The meeting room is located adjacent to Council Chambers on the first floor.

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26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Fitzgerald is letting us know she is for this. It is a good law, and should be enacted to protect Connecticut's citizens. Thank you to the 3 Strikes Now Coalition for all your work on our behalf. It can't be easy.

Anonymous said...

My question is how is it one week these two are touting the need to get spending under control then the next backing something that would require alot of money not just in the fact that there would be more prisoners to feed and such but also the fact that the state would have to add more wings to current prisons or build more prisons.

This leads to my next question the last bill raised said nothing of what to do about the obvious problem of prison overcrowding this bill would bring. Will any subsequent bills address this issue.

Before people start yelling at me for being blind to a problem I 100% agree that there is a problem in our criminal justice system that needs to be fixed. I would be interested to know if other responses have been researched such as civil commitment which is something used in states like Oregon and New York to see if this might work better in the state of Connecticut. I also feel since Rell has stated and already vetoed a similar bill citing the need to control spending if this isn't a bit of political posturing.

Anonymous said...

It's spending money only when they want to politicize it . They think it's OK to spend if they spend it.And sorry it isn't such a good law if you stop and look at the costs and ramifications. But you can't do that.

Anonymous said...

'Tis the silly season.

Anonymous said...

Jill: last release was on the budget. Do you have any specifics?

Anonymous said...

Where do we get the money ?

Anonymous said...

Good ol political posturing !!!!
Forget the costs.

Anonymous said...

Conveniently at election time . Hmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Shame on any candidates who have not pledged to support the three strikes law. Their first priority should be our safety. About the cost: as I said, nothing else is as important.

Anonymous said...

Really why don't you tell us why it's so important . actually it should be shame on you for lying again (or still)You are bad enough as it is but to use a tragedy like this, you should hang your head in shame . But there is no shame in an anonomous person.6:04

Anonymous said...

4:04 All candidates for state office were sent a letter by the Three Strikes Now Coalition asking them to pledge and offering a press conference if they did so. This allows voters to see where the candidates stand on this issue before the election. I think we can all agree that it is better to know what the candidates stand for before voting.

Anonymous said...

I don't see Tom's name on the list. I guess there are more important things to do than keep repeat violent criminals away from us and our kids.

Anonymous said...

Oh BTW coward is your name anywhere so we can bring you down?

Anonymous said...

If you pledge for something you don't even know what it says only shows that you wouldn't vote for anything that made sense. Just because you hate Tom we don't really care but you are just too obvious. Typical on here from you jerks. Good for you Tom at least you have some common sense. Unlike wise guys on here.

Anonymous said...

The law is to lock up evil people who have murdered, raped, etc. three times, so that we are safe from them. It is not hard to understand. Check out faq at www.threestrikesnow.com if you have any questions about the law, and if your question isn't there, you can email them. I hope all our Senators and Representatives will pledge to protect us.

Anonymous said...

9:12 Nice political gesture but even your governor could see this as political.Not sensable. .

Anonymous said...

Snipers are evil people too.

Anonymous said...

What could possibly be political about this issue? Saving the lives of innocent people is political? The law doesn't say "mandatory life sentence only if the victims were Republicans."

Anonymous said...

What's political is that it's election time and the issue has already been addressed in the general assembly with republicans and democrats alike. And those who didn't get their way are therefore politicising it . Duh !! You losers are desperate. It's a good thing that most in the general assembly aren't like these uselss political lackeys on here. Now we should all know why these faceless critics can't get elected.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who didn't vote for three strikes should be thrown out on election day! They obviously aren't there for the good of the good people.

Anonymous said...

What's wrong 3:56 ? Still no answers ? You just like to bad mouth people and things when you don't know what you're talking about. But what's new ? Duh !!!!

Anonymous said...

See October 23, 2008 8:27 PM

The point is to educate the voters. Many are unaware of who voted for and who voted against. And they are learning where the new candidates stand. But I think you know all that. You just don't like being exposed.

Anonymous said...

What's the matter 4:03 as usual can't answer the question? You can't win anything so you just play partison politics as usual . You can't work with any one, why would the voters even care what you say ?

Anonymous said...

Really why don't you tell us why it's so important . actually it should be shame on you for lying again (or still)You are bad enough as it is but to use a tragedy like this, you should hang your head in shame . But there is no shame in an anonomous person.6:04

October 23, 2008 8:11 PM

Well 4:03 ?

Anonymous said...

Why is it important that the voters know something about the candidates? Democrats know that they should only vote for Democrats. No problems.

Anonymous said...

The law is important because it could save lives. If it had been in place already, the Petits would be alive today. Our lawmakers who rejected three strikes should be rejected themselves, because they just don't care about the citizens of this state. It can't be any plainer than that.