Tracking Connecticut’s Missing Inmates

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The Courant’s Josh Kovner talks about his Page 1 Sunday story on thousands of Connecticut inmates who have gone missing:

Ricky Haggood’s criminal history should have raised flags for Connecticut parole authorities but apparently didn’t.

It jumped out at us. When Haggood was convicted of fireboming a blockwatch leader’s house in New Haven in 1991, he was also a suspect in a New York City murder – under one of his three identities – Jermaine Stroman.

Connecticut prison and parole records have always identified him as Ricky Haggood, even though his sister, Brenda Ann Stroman, of Brooklyn, N.Y., is listed as his family contact.

Haggood (featured in our story on parole jumpers) was paroled in April 2002, promptly went on the lam, and killed a gang rival in a dispute over housing-project drug turf in October 2003. He was convicted of that murder as Jermaine Stroman, but was imprisoned in New York under Haggood/ Stroman’s third identity, Maleek Jones, date of birth 3/19/1972.  Jones’ prison file describes him as a “multi-state offender known to authorities in Connecticut and North Carolina.’’

When “Jones” is finished with his New York sentence (his maximum release date is 2029),  he’ll be brought back to Connecticut to serve the four years of prison time he still owes. Wonder what his name will be.

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