FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2012
New Arrest Prompts Cubellotti to Renew Call to SuspendEarly Release Credit Prison Program
A new arrest of a former Connecticut inmate who participated in thecontroversial Risk Reduction Earned Credit Program (RREC) has prompted
CraigCubellotti, candidate for State Representative in the 99
District to renew his call for the
Joseph Mabery was arrested last Wednesday in Middletown on charges that he performeda sex act on himself in front of a 14-year-old girl on a transit bus. Mabery, who wasincarcerated most recently in 2011 has a record of 28 convictions including one forraping a Wesleyan student at knife-
point in the early 1990’s
. He was let go early byaccruing early release credits through RREC, which was passed last year by Democrats inthe legislature including Rep. James Albis, and signed into law by Governor Dannel P.Malloy.
“We are being told by the administration th
at this program is helping reform criminals,
but I don’t see it that way,” said Cubellotti. “What I see are a number of violent
offenders being turned loose on our communities being given new opportunities to preyon us. If Joseph Mabery, an inmate with 28 convictions, was considered a primecand
idate for early release, who exactly are they turning away from the program?”
Cubellotti was on hand last week at the Legislative Office Building as members of theJudiciary Committee listened to
a presentation by the State’s Victim Advocate
MichelleCruz on the RREC program, and the role it potentially played in two recent murders.After the presentation Cubellotti called for the termination of the program, and called onincumbent Rep. James Albis to explain his vote in favor of this program; something hehas failed to do to date.
“Representative Albis voted in favor of this program, and during its short life it hasalready been cited in two murders and in this sexual assault,” said Cubellotti. “I think
Representative Albis owes the people he serves an explanation of his support for theprogram, and why as a member of the Judiciary Committee he opposed attempts toprohibit violent offenders from receiving the credits. It is unacceptable and disappointingthat he has been completely silent on the issue
The program permits the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections to award thecredits to inmates for good behavior retroactive to April 1, 2006. The only felonsineligible for the program are those convicted of murder, first-degree sexual assault andhome invasion. It allows criminals who committed crimes such as rape, arson,kidnapping or sexual molestation of a child under 13, out of jail before their sentences arecompleted.In June a 70-year-old small business owner was shot and killed at his Meridenconvenience store. The man arrested for that murder earned 199 days of Risk ReductionCredits while serving time for robbery. In August, an East Hartford store clerk was alsomurdered. The man arrested, who was previously convicted for robbery and assault, wasreleased early from jail this year due the Early Release Program.