Since 2017, CIRA has worked to modify Connecticut penal code to eliminate the immigration consequences of state-level misdemeanor convictions. Under federal law and other authorities, some criminal convictions on the state level may lead to automatic detention and deportation. This means that many folks get picked up by ICE immediately after following a state prison sentence, or sometimes even years later.
If we reduce the maximum possible prison sentence for misdemeanor convictions by one day, we can disqualify all Connecticut misdemeanors from federal categories of deportable offenses. This means many community members will be safe from the compound systemic violence of the state’s criminal justice system and the federal deportation machinery.