CT lawmakers keep controversial Pardons and Paroles board member, despite crime victims' objections

Carlton Giles shaved decades off some violent offenders' sentences. Now, lawmakers want to limit the board's power.

News 12 Staff

Apr 27, 2023, 11:59 PM

Updated 356 days ago

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A controversial Pardons and Paroles board member will keep his job, despite a big spike in sentence reductions.
State lawmakers voted Thursday to keep Carlton Giles on the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Some crime victims wanted him removed.
"My wife, my daughter, myself, my son's girlfriend, my son's friends--we all have a life sentence right now," said Kevin McGrath.
Kevin McGrath's son, Jimmy, was killed at a party in Shelton.
Giles shaved decades off some violent offenders' sentences. Now, lawmakers want to limit the board's power.
"Maybe one of the changes is that, for some of the crimes that were just described, that there might be a different process or a different standard before anyone was let out in that case," said state Rep. Matt Ritter.
The Pardons and Paroles board recently paused commutations while lawmakers decided what to do next.


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