March 24, 2015

New Report: Crimes with Mandatory Minimum Sentences

OLR Report 2015-R-0055 lists  Connecticut criminal offenses that have mandatory prison sentences. The report updates a 2013 report to reflect changes from the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions.

It identifies 74 crimes that carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence of a specific duration. The mandatory minimum sentences range from a low of 48 hours, for a first offense of driving or boating under the influence if the offender is not sentenced to community service, to a high of life without possibility of release for murder with special circumstances.

The report also notes several changes to mandatory minimum sentencing laws since the 2013 report. These changes relate to gun offenses and kidnapping crimes.

Click here to read the full report.