CT Early Release Prison Program Criticized by Family of Murdered Meriden Store Owner; Lawlor Defends

The CT early release prison program passed last year by the CT General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is being blamed for the death of Meriden store owner Ibrahim Ghazal.  Family members are blaming the program for allowing Frankie Resto, 36, to get out of prison six months early, before the end of his 2007 sentence for armed robbery.  Resto was taken into custody over the weekend and charged with allegedly shooting Ghazal, 70, in the chest, as he was emptying his cash register at the EZ Mart on East Main Street in Meriden.  However, former State Rep Michael Lawlor, who pushed for the early release program as undersecretary for criminal justice, claims under this new system, Resto served more jail time.

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