Supervision Of Defendants/Inmates

Risk Reduction Earned Credit Program

The Risk Reduction Earned Credit (RREC) Program allows eligible inmates to earn up to 5 days a month off their sentence [Section 18-98e],

To be eligible, inmates must:Crimes Not Eligible for RREC
  • be convicted of a crime eligible under the RREC Program;
  • Murder [Section 53a-54a];
  • be compliant with their DOC offender accountability plan;
  • Murder with special circumstances [Section 53a-54b];
  • participate in eligible programs and activities;
  • Felony Murder [Section 53a-54c],
  • follow DOC rules;
  • Arson Murder [Section 53a-54d];
  • have good behavior; and
  • Manslaughter in the 1st degree [Sections 53a-55 and 53a-55a];
  • by DOC policy, have a security risk level of 1 through 4 or be on DOC community supervision.
  • Aggravated sexual assault in the 1st degree [Section 53a-70a];
  • Aggravated sexual assault of a minor [Section 53a-70c];
  • Home invasion-Class A felony [Section 53a-100aa];
  • Persistent dangerous felony offender [section 53a-40(a)]; and
  • Persistent dangerous sexual offender [section 53a-40(b)].

If an inmate does not follow the eligibility requirements, the credits earned under the RREC Program may be taken away, not given, or an inmate may lose a number of days before being earned that will not be given back (forfeited).

You may contact the DOC Victim Services Unit at 1-888-869-7057 for more information about the RREC Program. The DOC Offender Information Search at www.ct.gov/doc should have the current estimated release date for an inmate.

Community Release Programs

Some inmates may be eligible for a community release under the supervision of the DOC before the end of their discharge date.

DOC policy allows you to write a statement explaining the physical, emotional, and financial impact of the crime and what you think about the inmate’s release to a community program.

The statement must be sent to the DOC Victim Services Unit and will be considered by the Community Release Unit before making a decision to release the inmate to a community program. For more information, call the DOC Victim Services Unit at 1-888-869-7057.

Halfway House Residential Program
places an eligible inmate at an approved halfway house or residential treatment program.
Transitional Supervision
places an eligible inmate at an approved sponsor’s home until the end of his or her sentence.
To be eligible, an inmate must be within 18 months of his or her discharge date or the Voted to Parole (VTP) date and meet other DOC requirements.To be eligible, an inmate must have a sentence of 2 years or less, served 50% of the sentence, and meet other DOC requirements.

DOC Community Release Programs

Re-entry Furlough, if approved, allows an inmate to leave 45 days before the discharge date or VTP date. The inmate is still under the supervision of a parole officer.Nursing Home Program places an inmate who has a serious or chronic medical condition in a state private nursing home until their medical condition improves and the level of medical care needed can be provided at the prison. While in the nursing home, the inmate is under the supervision of a parole officer.

Special Parole

The Parole and Community Serviced is a division within DOC that is responsible for the supervision of inmates released to the community by the DOC or Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Special parole is part of the sentence that a judge may order a convicted defendant to serve [Section 54-125e]. The Board of Pardons and Paroles may also add conditions to the special parole sentence.

Special Parole is not served until the defendant completes his or her prison sentence, including if there is an early release to parole. For example, if the defendant was sentenced to 3 years in prison and 5 years of special parole, the defendant may be released to parole after serving 1 ½ years in prison and will remain on parole for the remaining 1 ½ years. The defendant will not begin serving the special parole sentence of 5 years until after the parole of 1 ½ years is completed [Section 54-125e].

Psychiatric Security Review Board

The Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) is a state agency responsible for the supervision and treatment of defendants (known as acquittees) who were found not guilty by reason of lack of capacity because of mental disease or defect and sentenced to the custody of the PSRB.

The PSRB has 6 appointed members who are experts in the fields of law, probation/parole services, psychology, psychiatry, victim services, and a member of the public.

The PSRB decides on the level of supervision and treatment for acquittees, who may be held in a maximum or minimum-security hospital setting until they are released by the PSRB. Acquittees may also be released with conditions (conditional release), such as a temporary release for treatment.

PSRB Hearing

State law requires the PSRB to hold a hearing and review the status of an acquittee every 2-years [Section 17a-585] and when an acquittee’s treatment provider applies to the Board for a change in the acquittee’s custody.

PSRB hearings are open to the public and held at the Connecticut Valley Hospital, Middletown. At the hearing, the PSRB will hear testimony from treatment providers and you, if you choose to give an impact statementYou have the right to go to any court or PSRB hearing about the acquittee and give a victim impact statement [Section 17a-601].

To receive notification of PSRB hearings, decisions, and if the acquittee escapes, you must give your contact information to the PSRB. To view upcoming PSRB hearings and PSRB contact information, please visit www.ct.gov/psrb.

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