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December 2, 2013

Notification is vital for parole hearings

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A spokeswoman for the agency said the hearing was postponed because Dart’s file was “incomplete.”

“Victim impact statements serve a vital role, and the system needs to be reliable,” said state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. “It is the least that can be done out of respect for a family that has already been through more trauma and suffering than anyone ever should.”

Seward said the Senate has passed a measure he supports that would require notifications of upcoming parole hearings to be sent by certified mail to county prosecutors and crime victims at least 30 days before crime victims.

It is, of course, not anyone’s job except a parole board’s to ascertain whether a criminal is rehabilitated, has served an adequate sentence and is deserving of release. But the way the ball was dropped in the Dart case was intolerable and should never be repeated.

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