The Justice Imperative

Our criminal justice system is in need of reform.

Such systems cost the taxpayer too much, fails at rehabilitation, exacts a life-long toll on the incarcerated and does not yield corresponding societal benefits.

Of late, the political left and right have found common ground in advocating for change. This book is the product of a bipartisan coalition here in Connecticut of businesspeople, correctional professionals, legislators, judges, law enforcement professionals, lawyers, ministers and academics.

We believe there are systemic solutions capable of saving money, making us safer, and providing the incarcerated with a pathway toward reformation and reintegration while at the same time protecting the victim’s rights.

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“This book is required reading for anyone who believes in both justice and a healthy civic society.”

– Cheryl Greenberg

Distinguished Professor of History, Trinity College

“The Justice Imperative is excellent. . . . It should be required reading for all persons interested in the justice and correctional systems.”

– David Borden, Chairman,

The Sentencing Commission, retired State Supreme Court Judge

“For public policy makers, ‘The Justice Imperative’ is an essential guide for thoughtful, comprehensive and well-researched solutions to the seemingly intractable problem of over-incarceration in Connecticut and across America. I highly suggest it.”

– State Senator Douglas McCrory,


About the Authors

Brian E. Moran, lead writer of “The Justice Imperative” is a partner in the law firm of Robinson + Cole LLP. He is a civil litigator specializing in antitrust, intellectual property, licensing and other commercial disputes.

In addition to “The Justice Imperative,” Mr. Moran has co-written two business books, “The Executive’s Antitrust Guide To Pricing: Understanding Implications of Typical Marketing, Distribution and Pricing Practices” (2013), published by Thomson Reuters, and “E-Counsel: The Executive’s Legal Guide to Electronic Commerce” (2000).

The Justice Imperative’s writing committee includes contributing writers: William J. Fox, Robert J. Gillis, R. Drummond Grinalds, Jennifer L. Herbst, Marilyn B. Kendrix, Linda Ross Meyer, Edward B. Quinlan and Susan O. Storey.

Connecticut’s recidivism rate is over 60%, well above the national average of 43%.


Based on our review of the best practices in other states and countries, we have developed a set of thirty recommendations that will help realize the four desired outcomes.

We have grouped our thirty recommendations into five categories: Legislative Changes; Executive Policies and Practices; Department of Correction Initiatives; Alternatives to Incarceration; and Improvement in the Re-entry Process.

Click here to download our set of thirty recommendations.