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Task Force Recommends Domestic Violence Law Reforms

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A legislative task force is recommending a new round of reforms to Connecticut’s domestic violence laws, including changes to the bail bond process.

The Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence unveiled its recommendations for the 2011 legislative session on Monday. It comes a year after the General Assembly passed another batch of reforms, including 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week coverage of emergency domestic violence shelters across the state.

This year’s recommendations focus on changes to the judicial system.

The task force wants to improve the state’s ability to stop bail agents and professional bondsmen from “undercutting” or illegally reducing the premium due on a defendant’s bonds. The group found that defendants have been able to post bonds at rates lower than what the state requires and were released back into the community.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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