SI BOS00520.009 Connecticut Department of Corrections and Federal Bureau of Prisons Release Programs (TN 5-247 – 03/2004)

A. INTRODUCTION

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

  • Parole

  • Adult Probation

  • Community Release Programs

B. POLICY

Use the following information when determining whether or not to reinstate title XVI benefits when an individual is released from a prison facility in Connecticut.

1. Parole (not in a halfway house)

When a prisoner is released “on parole”, the individual is under the jurisdiction of the Parole Board and is no longer under the control of the Connecticut Department of Corrections. Reinstate title XVI benefits effective with the date of release from the prison.

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 control of the Connecticut Department of Corrections. Reinstate title XVI benefits effective with the date of release from the prison.

3. Community Release Programs

The Connecticut Department of Corrections 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/her sentence is released into the community. The individual remains under the control of the Connecticut Department of Corrections.

Under the Transitional Supervision Program the individual must provide for his/her own food and shelter. Reinstate title XVI benefits effective with the date of release from the prison.

b. Re-Entry Furlough

Fifteen days prior to an individual’s discharge date, he/she may be released to a sponsor, but he/she remains under the control of the Connecticut Department of Corrections for this 15-day period.

During this 15 day period the individual and his/her sponsor are responsible for the individual’s food and shelter. Reinstate title XVI benefits effective with the date of release from the prison.

c. Halfway Houses

The Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Connecticut Board of Parole contract with private agencies that run various residences known as “halfway” houses to provide beds and services for individuals under their jurisdiction. The following provides guidelines for these halfway houses, but it will be necessary for you to make a facility determination on each halfway house in your service area.

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/her release. An individual released to a halfway house could be:

  • Continuing his/her sentence,

  • Voted to parole, or

  • On parole.

An individual who is continuing his/her sentence and is released to a halfway house remains under the control of the DOC. The DOC provides the individual’s food and shelter. The halfway house administration is an agent for the DOC. Therefore, the individual is considered still incarcerated. Do not reinstate title XVI benefits.

An individual who is “voted to parole” and is released to a halfway house remains under the control of the DOC. The DOC provides the individual’s food and shelter. The halfway house administration is an agent for the DOC. Therefore, the individual is considered still incarcerated. Do not reinstate title XVI benefits.

An individual is on parole and is released to a halfway house is under the control of the Parole Board. Such an individual is not considered incarcerated. Reinstate title XVI benefits effective with the date released from the prison. In many cases, but not all, the parole board provides all or part of the individual’s food and shelter. It is also possible the individual may pay part of his/her own expenses. If applicable, charge the PMV unless successfully rebutted.

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

  • Is placed under the contract with the DOC,

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

  • If the individual is on parole determine the source of payment for food and shelter.

When contacting the halfway house, it is important to distinguish between “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.

The following chart summarizes the three 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 parole

Reports to the CT Board of Parole

Is not considered an inmate

Yes

4. Federal Bureau of Prisons Community Release in Connecticut

The Federal Bureaus of Prisons (FBOP) also contracts with private agencies that run halfway houses in Connecticut to continue confinement for some inmates. These individuals are under full control of the FBOP. The FBOP provides for the individuals’ food and shelter. The halfway house acts as agent for FBOP. These individuals are considered still incarcerated. Do not reinstate title XVI benefits.

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

  • Is placed under the contract with the FBOP, and

  • Is continuing his/her sentence.

See Exhibit 1 for a list of halfway houses that the FBOP contracts with in Connecticut.

C. Reference

POMS SI 00520.009 Special Considerations for Penal Institutions.

D. Exhibit 1

The FBOP contracts with the following halfway houses in Connecticut:

Watkinson House
136 Collins Street
Hartford, CT 06105
860-524-1898
Chase Center
21 Cliff Street
Waterbury, CT 06710
203-596-0783
Hartford House
10 Irving Street
Hartford, CT 06105
860-547-1313
Cheyney House
155 Weathersfield Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
860-524-1774

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SI BOS00520.009 - Connecticut Department of Corrections and Federal Bureau of Prisons Release Programs (TN 5-247 - 03/2004) - 03/23/2004
Batch run: 01/27/2009
Rev:03/23/2004