Saying he has been “stonewalled” by Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration, a state Senator has filed a complaint with the Freedom of Information Commission to receive the names of prisoners who have been released under the administration’s controversial program for early discharge.
Sen. Joseph Markley filed the complaint Wednesday with FOI executive director Colleen M. Murphy for the names of prisoners released since Malloy’s program began in September 2011.
Markley is seeking detailed information, including the prisoners’ names, identification numbers, the crimes they committed, the days of credit they received, and the dates they were released.
“It should be information that the department has at its fingertips,” Markley told reporters Wednesday in Hartford. “Basically, they’re stonewalling.”
He added, “I would say runaround is a good description of it.”
The Malloy administration has repeatedly pledged transparency in state government, but Markley said that is not the case. The Malloy administration’s chief official on criminal justice issues, former state Rep. Michael P. Lawlor, said Wednesday that Markley had asked for analysis – not data – and that there is no such list of prisoners as specifically requested by Markley.
Markley has been seeking the information for the past two months, as shown by letters that he released to reporters Wednesday in the Capitol press room. He started his quest with interim prisons commissioner James E. Dzurenda and received a response from Kristine Barone, the administrator in the prison FOI unit in Wethersfield.
“The legislature’s Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis have direct access to that information,” Barone wrote in a letter back to Markley. In the letter, Barone incorrectly spelled the Republican senator’s name as “Marley.”
Markley said he never thought that the legislature’s nonpartisan offices would have the names of specific prisoners who were released.
“It was a flippant response from corrections,” Markley told reporters. ”It didn’t seem reasonable to me that [the legislative offices] would have it.” Continue reading