- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new report shows murders are down in Connecticut, as well as other crimes such as rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The 2014 mid-year update on the state’s crime trends, prepared for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by his undersecretary for criminal justice policy and planning, was provided Thursday to The Associated Press.

The report indicates there were 86 murders in 2013, a 32 percent reduction from 2011. There were 146 murders in 2012. That includes the Newtown school shooting.

Michael Lawlor, who compiled the report, said there’s been a focus on reducing murders in the state’s three major cities.

Malloy has received Republican criticism for his administration’s Risk Reduction Earned Credits program for inmates. Senate Minority Leader John McKinney accused Malloy of letting violent felons out to “roam our streets.”