By Michael Hayes
Former State Sen. Len Suzio has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Office of Victim Advocate.
The independent state agency advocates for crime victims' rights through education, outreach, police changes and legislative intiatives.
"I am extremely happy to be appointed to the committee," said Suzio, who previously represented Middletown voters in the 13th Senate District.
Last year, the Republican worked with State Victim Advocate, Michelle Cruz, while seeking reform to the state's early release law which he said allows violent criminals to get out of prison long before their sentences are completely served.
"All too often violent criminals are out of jail before their innocent victims are out of the hospital," Suzio said.
"I want to do whatever I can to assure a vigorous and active Victim Advocate in our state. I want to make certain that the rights of crime victims are not run over roughshod by criminal rights lawyers and their political sympathizers," he added.
Earlier this month, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated Garvin G. Ambros, Chicago assistants state's attorney, to replace Cruz, who joined Suzio in criticizing the early release program.
Suzio said he plans to continue working to change the law.
"I am looking forward to working with the Office of Victim Advocate and supporting the Office as it advocates for the rights of those who have suffered so much at the hands of hardened criminals. I believe my membership on the committee will give me the opportunity to continue my advocacy to change this controversial and flawed law," he said.