Despite the recent promotion of Gail Hardy as Connecticut’s first black state’s attorney, those in charge of hiring prosecutors anxiously hope to improve upon one glaring statistic: Minorities currently account for only 8 percent of all state prosecutors.

“There is a problem,” acknowledged Appellate Court Judge Thomas A. Bishop, a member of the Criminal Justice Commission, which hires all the state’s prosecutors. “It’s important that the division be diversified.”

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