By DAVE COLLINS
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A new audit says half of Connecticut’s prosecutors didn’t meet their annual training requirements for the 2009 and 2010 fiscal years despite previous reports noting the same problem dating back to when training was first mandated in 1998.
Defense lawyers say the issue raises concerns about wrongful convictions, but prosecutors say insufficient training is not leading to innocent people being sent to jail.
The new report by state auditors was released earlier this month. All of Connecticut’s nearly 250 prosecutors are supposed to get at least two days of training every year on topics including new state laws and victims’ rights.
Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane says his office has boosted training efforts and more than 80 percent of prosecutors met the requirements last year.
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