“Returning citizen navigator” City Councilman Ernie Newton was the featured guest on Tom Dudchik’s Capitol Report show focused on reentry reform for former offenders, second-chance messages and Mayor Joe Ganim’s candidacy for governor.
Newton works for Career Resources that recently hosted a jobs forum for former offenders with the mantra to local businesses, “Just hire one.” Newton touched on the keys to assimilate felons back into the work force to turn tax takers into taxpayers particularly for non-violent offenders and reduce the cost of the prison bureaucracy,
Newton also addressed Ganim’s run for governor just weeks from the Democratic convention, saying “this will be the most exciting convention” in decades.
Ganim needs 15 percent support at the convention to qualify for the August primary. In lieu of that, a massive petition drive securing more than 15,000 signatures from Democratic electors.
Greenwich entrepreneur Ned Lamont and former Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz have the most delegate support heading into the convention.