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State leader responds to Malloy's comment on early release program

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Edwin Glass (East Hartford police) Edwin Glass (East Hartford police)

State leaders are speaking out after an Eyewitness News I-Team investigation about a man who was rearrested after being let out of jail early as part of the governor’s early release program.

Edwin Glass was let out of jail more than seven months early.

Then, on Sept. 4, he broke into a woman’s home, robbed and sexually assaulted her.

Officials with the Department of Correction said Glass was released because of the state’s Early Release program, passed by the legislature in 2011 and signed into law by Malloy.

It allows inmates to be released early for good behavior, except if they committed six crimes…murder, felony murder, arson murder, capital felony, home invasion, and first-degree aggravated assault.

Despite it being a violent crime, Glass’s conviction on first-degree robbery isn’t one of the six, so he not only had 100 days of jail credit, he had 167 days of risk reduction earned credit.

"You need to report that this person did 93 percent of their sentence and most other individuals who committed the same sentence would be out at 85 percent, so the idea that he received some sort of benefit isn't upheld by the reality of the story,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy.

On Wednesday, State Senator Len Fasano issued a press release responding to Gov. Malloy’s comments.

“To dismiss the serious assault of a Connecticut resident using numbers and percentages to deny there is an issue is offensive to all victims of violent crimes. It’s completely unacceptable for a governor to essentially tell a citizen who was violently assaulted and robbed that we should accept such crimes as collateral damage, because the accused actually could have gotten out of prison earlier under different programs or administrations. The governor should have acknowledged that in no way, shape or form is it acceptable for someone leaving a Connecticut prison to reoffend after release. Such behavior after being through the corrections system is a problem no matter what the circumstances,” Fasano said in a statement.

Glass had to serve more than 85 percent because he misbehaved behind bars.

In a statement, the Department of Correction said “Edwin Glass had periods of positive institutional adjustment during his five year term of incarceration; however, he forfeited 45 days of Risk Reduction Earned Credit and lost the potential to earn an additional 95 days based on non-compliance with programming and poor behavior."

Fasano continued to say “Instead of showing empathy, Gov. Malloy dodged the question and made it clear that he felt the story here was that an individual completed 93% of their prison time and that’s a pretty good amount. But he’s wrong. The story here is that a human being was attacked by a person who just completed his time in a Connecticut prison. The story should be about what Connecticut is doing to stop this from happening again. I also was concerned by the report which indicated that multiple law enforcement sources confirmed that Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration was trying to keep this story quiet from the media. If that’s true, then I cannot help but wonder what else the administration might be hiding from the public.”

To see Eyewitness News’ full story on this, click here.

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