HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is organizing a national conference in Hartford that will focus on ways to reduce crime and end mass incarceration.

The Democrat announced Monday that Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, will speak at the June 14-15 event. Other guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

Malloy has made criminal justice reform a major focus of his administration, passing legislation in 2015 that provides nonviolent criminals with more opportunities to reintegrate into the community.

This year, he has reintroduced legislation that would create a new category of non-violent offenders called “young adults,” who would be treated using rules common in the juvenile justice system.

Conference speakers will address topics such as juvenile and young adult offenders and alternative systems of incarceration.


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