TN 54 (11-19)

GN BOS02607.001 Connecticut Department of Corrections Release Programs

A. Introduction

When an individual is released from a prison facility in Connecticut, the release can fall into one of three categories:

  1. 1. 

    Parole

  2. 2. 

    Adult Probation

  3. 3. 

    Community Release Programs

B. Policy

Use the following information when determining whether to reinstate Title II benefits after an individual is released from a prison facility in Connecticut.

1. Parole

When a prisoner is released “on parole”, the individual is under the jurisdiction of the Connecticut Parole Board and is no longer under the jurisdiction and supervision of the Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC). Reinstate Title II benefits the first month after a prisoner is released on parole and is not confined for any part of the month.

NOTE: For “voted to parole” or “special parole” please see GN BOS02607.001B.3.c. in this section.

2. Adult probation

When a prisoner is released “on adult probation”, the individual is under the jurisdiction of the Office of Adult Probation and is no longer under the jurisdiction and supervision of the DOC. Reinstate Title II benefits the first month after prisoner is released on adult probation and is not confined for any part of the month.

3. Community release programs

The DOC has three community release programs:

  • Transitional Supervision (TS)

  • Re-entry Furlough

  • Halfway Houses

a. Transitional supervision (TS)

Under this program, an individual who has not completed his or her sentence is released into the community. The individual remains under the jurisdiction and supervision of the DOC.

Under the Transitional Supervision Program the individual must provide for his or her own food and shelter. Reinstate Title II benefits the first month after prisoner is released under transitional supervision and is not confined for any part of the month.

b. Re-entry furlough

Fifteen days prior to an individual's discharge date, he or she may be released to a sponsor, but he or she remains under the jurisdiction and supervision of the DOC for this 15-day period.

During this 15 day period the individual and his or her sponsor are responsible for the individual's food and shelter. Reinstate Title II benefits the first month after a prisoner is released on re-entry furlough and is not confined for any part of the month.

c. Halfway houses

The DOC and the Connecticut Board of Parole contract with private agencies that run various residences known as “halfway” houses to provide supervision, beds, and services for individuals under their jurisdiction.

When one of these agencies releases an individual to a halfway house, you must contact the halfway house staff to determine the status of his or her release. An individual released to a halfway house could be:

  • Continuing his or her sentence,

  • Voted to parole,

  • On special parole, or

  • On parole

The following chart summarizes the four possible situations:

In the Connecticut Department of Corrections, an individual who is:

Jurisdiction

Inmate Status

Reinstate

Continuing his/her sentence

Remains under control of the DOC

Is considered an inmate

No

Voted to parole

This is a term that refers to an inmate that is scheduled to be paroled up to 6 months in the future, but has not yet been granted parole.

Remains under control of the DOC

Is considered an inmate

No

On special parole

Remains under the control of the DOC

Is considered an inmate

No

On parole

Reports to the CT Board of Parole

Is not considered an inmate

Yes

Whenever an individual is released to a halfway house from the DOC contact the administration staff of the halfway house to determine if the individual:

  • Is placed under the contract with the DOC or on placement by the Parole Board, and

  • Is continuing his/her criminal sentence, “voted to parole”, on “special parole”, or on parole.

When contacting the halfway house, it is important to distinguish between “parole”, “special parole”, and “voted to parole” with the contact. If the halfway house contact is not clear regarding the parole status of an individual, you can verify parole status by contacting the Connecticut Board of Parole at (203) 805-6605 to clarify the “type” of parole.

NOTE: For a listing of Connecticut halfway houses please see SI BOS00520.009.

C. Reference

GN 02607.001 Nonpayment of Title II Benefits to Prisoners and Certain Other Inmates — General.


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GN BOS02607.001 - Connecticut Department of Corrections Release Programs - 02/28/2002
Batch run: 11/15/2019
Rev:02/28/2002