The state's top public defender predicted her office may get an influx of requests for appeals from certain inmates because the General Assembly failed to pass a bill changing juvenile sentencing laws to conform to recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

''I think we have an estimate of about 197 possible cases that, without some structure and legislative action, could be asking for some kind of relief in these cases,'' chief public defender Susan Storey told fellow members of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission.