Thumbs Down to the racial segregation that played a major role in COVID-19 deaths in Connecticut last year. According to a report by the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunity, the agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws, segregation was largely responsible for the higher death rates from COVID among black and Hispanic residents. “The effects of segregation cannot only be measured in municipal demographics or statistics on income inequality, but in lives lost,” the report reads. Black Connecticut residents died twice as many as white residents, and the death rate for Hispanics was almost as high.
Thumbs up to a measure that would make phone calls to state detainees free. Connecticut could move from a state with some of the highest rates of prison phone calls to the nation’s first to provide free calls to inmates after a vote last week in the state Senate. Supporters of the bill argue that facilitating the bond between incarcerated people and their families can ease transitions back into the community, making the plan an effective measure against recidivism. It is also a question of fairness, as the families of detainees are often in financial difficulty and do not have the resources to stay in touch.