GOP senator says passage of Connecticut's juvenile sentencing bill appears likely this session

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HARTFORD, Connecticut — A top Republican state senator says he expects the "third time is a charm" and lawmakers will pass legislation this year to bring Connecticut in line with two U.S. Supreme Court rulings addressing lengthy sentences for juvenile offenders.

Enfield Sen. John Kissel, the ranking Senate Republican on the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday he's hopeful a new compromise will pass the committee and the full legislature this year. Kissel had been opposed to past versions of the bill, which failed in the past two sessions.

The proposals aimed to provide youths given lengthy sentences a parole hearing, where they can demonstrate they've matured since their crime.

One change addresses victims' families being notified of a defendant's possible release dates.

Two similar bills are up for consideration this session.

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