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					                                                    Policy Number:   Effective Date:   Page   1   of   4
                      State of Connecticut
                    Department of Correction                 4.19      10/29/2009
                   Parole and Community Services    Supersedes:
                 FIELD OPERATIONS MANUAL

Approved:                                           Title:


                                                      Supervision of Offenders on Reentry Furlough
        Director of Parole and Community Services


      1.      Policy. The Department of Correction may provide furlough opportunities to
              eligible inmates consistent with public safety, rehabilitation and sound
              correctional practices.

      2.      Authority and Reference.

              A.       Connecticut General Statutes, Section 18-81, 18-101a, 53a-32, 53a-
                       48, 53a-49, 53a-100aa, 53a-101, 53a-102, 53a102a, and 54-176(b))
                       with an underlying offense for 53a-101, 53a102, 53a102a, or 53a-
                       100aa.
              B.       Administrative Directives 6.6, Reporting of Incidents; 9.2, Offender
                       Classification; 9.5, Code of Penal Discipline; 11.3, Remand of
                       Offenders to Actual Custody.
              C.       Parole and Community Services, Field Operations Manual, Sections
                       4.1, Release Planning; 4.4, Levels of Supervision; 4.5, Case
                       Management Plan; 4.6, Electronic Monitoring of Offenders; 4.7,
                       Casenote Entries; 4.18, Toxicology Testing Schedules; and 5.1,
                       Escape from Community Supervision (CONFIDENTIAL).
              D.       American Correctional Association, Standards for Adult Probation and
                       Parole Field Services, Third Edition, August 1998, Standard 3-3197.

      3.      Definitions and Acronyms. For the purposes stated herein, the following
              definitions and acronyms shall apply:

              A.       BOPP. Board of Pardons and Paroles.
              B.       Community Supervision. A status used to denote an offender’s
                       assignment to parole, transitional supervision, transitional
                       placement or a halfway house.
              C.       Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP). A radio frequency form of
                       electronic monitoring that consists of a home monitoring unit and a
                       transmitter (i.e., bracelet) that provides a means to remotely
                       monitor an offender’s established curfew schedule, or to document
                       when an offender leaves and returns to an approved residence.
              D.       Global Positioning System (GPS). A satellite tracking system that
                       enables parole staff to remotely monitor an offender’s movements.
              E.       Offender. An adult placed under, or made subject to, supervision as
                       the result of the commission of a criminal offense and released to
                       the community under the jurisdiction of the Commissioner of
                       Correction or the Chairman of the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
              F.       Reentry Furlough. The furlough of an inmate to an approved residence
                       in the community during the final portion of the sentence for the
                       purpose of reintegration of the inmate into the community.
              G.       Short-term Offender. An offender approved for Transitional
                       Supervision, who at the time of release has 60 days or less until
                       end of sentence.
              H.       Supervising Officer. The parole officer to whom a pending case is
                       assigned and who shall supervise the offender after his/her release
                       to supervision.
              I.       Transitional Supervision (TS). A community correction program
                       approved by the Commissioner of Correction for offenders who meet
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                         Supervision of Offenders on Reentry Furlough

                    the criteria as outlined in Section 18-100c of the Connecticut
                    General Statutes.
            J.      Treatment and Program Assessment Instrument (TPAI). A prescriptive
                    risk assessment that utilizes a triage system to predict the
                    probability of offender recidivism and assists in specific program
                    assignment according to the identified level of risk.
            K.      TSAPP. Transitional Supervision Approved Program Plan.

     4.     Procedures. The following procedures are to be followed for all offenders
            approved for release to the community via a reentry furlough.

            A.      Release Process. The release process for offenders being released to
                    a reentry furlough shall mirror that of offenders being released to
                    TS with less than 60 days of supervision unless otherwise noted.

                    1.    Releasing Facility. Once an offender has been approved for a
                          reentry furlough, the designated staff member shall complete a
                          TSAPP (form PCS 3701) and Sponsor Questionnaire (form PCS
                          4102) indicating in the comments section at the bottom of the
                          TSAPP that the offender has been approved for a reentry
                          furlough and indicate the date the offender may be released.
                          The TSAPP shall be forwarded to the Parole and Community
                          Services Division (Central Intake Unit) via email. The subject
                          line of the email shall indicate the offender’s name and
                          inmate number and “REF”, to indicate that the offender has
                          been approved for a reentry furlough. All other standard
                          operating procedures for completing and sending the TSAPP
                          shall be followed.
                    2.    Central Intake Unit. In accordance with the procedures
                          detailed for a TS case with less than 60 days of supervision
                          in accordance with the Field Operations Manual (Section 4.1,
                          Release Planning), the following steps shall be taken by the
                          designated CIU staff member:

                          a.    Confirm that the offender is not pending a revocation
                                hearing by the BOPP;
                          b.    Enter the information provided on the TSAPP into the
                                Casenotes system with the approved furlough date entered
                                as the hold date and indicate via field note interaction
                                that the offender has been approved for a reentry
                                furlough;
                          c.    Save the TSAPP on the “H-Drive” in accordance with
                                current operating procedures with the letters “REF”
                                preceding the offender’s name and number to indicate
                                that the offender has been approved for a reentry
                                furlough;
                          d.    Complete a Pre-Release Checklist (form PCS 4101) with a
                                copy of the offender’s BP60 attached;
                          e.    Forward the Pre-Release Checklist and BP60 to the CIU
                                Parole Manager for signature and case assignment to a
                                supervising parole officer following the same
                                arrangements currently used for assigning TS cases with
                                less than 60 days of supervision;
                          f.    Once the CIU Parole Manager has signed and returned the
                                Pre-Release Checklist, enter a file 17;
                          g.    Send a Release Authorization for the offender and notify
                                the supervising parole officer and appropriate district
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                                manager of the release. The release shall indicate that
                                the offender is being released to a reentry furlough and
                                that transportation is to be coordinated by the
                                facility. It shall clearly state that the offender is to
                                report to the appropriate district office on the same
                                business day or by 12 noon the next business day
                                following the release.

            B.      Supervision Levels. Upon release and prior to intake, the
                    supervising parole officer shall refer to the offender’s TPAI score
                    to determine the offender’s appropriate level of supervision. The
                    supervision levels shall be assigned as noted below. A supervision
                    level may be overridden one level in either direction with a parole
                    manager’s approval:


                               TPAI Score                  Level of Supervision
                         GPS-Mandated Offenders                 Intensive
                                6, 7 or 8                         Maximum
                                 4 or 5                           Medium
                              0, 1, 2 or 3                        Minimum


                    1.    Program Participation. Each offender shall be given
                          information on area resources including both contracted and
                          non-contracted programs which may provide any of the following
                          services: Employment, Social Services, Addiction Services,
                          Mental Health Treatment, Domestic Violence/Family Counseling,
                          and Housing. Offenders on reentry furloughs shall not be
                          referred as DOC clients to any contracted programs other than
                          the contracted electronic monitoring company if GPS is
                          mandated.
                    2.    Curfews. All offenders shall be given and be expected to abide
                          by a verbal curfew of 9 pm to 6 am seven days per week unless
                          employment or school attendance or other pro-social activities
                          warrant an exception to the standard curfew. All curfew
                          exceptions must be authorized by a parole officer.
                    3.    GPS. Offenders released to reentry furloughs whose current
                          offenses include Burglary 1 (CGS 53a-101), Burglary 2 (CGS
                          53a-102) Burglary 2 with a firearm (CGS 53a102a), or Home
                          Invasion (CGS 53a-100aa) or whose offense is Conspiracy (CGS
                          53a-48), Criminal Attempt (CGS 53a-49), or Violation of
                          Probation (CGS 53a-32), or Youthful Offender (CGS 54-176(b))
                          with an underlying offense for CGS 53a-101, CGS 53a102, CGS
                          53a102a, or 53a-100aa shall be required to participate in
                          Electronic Monitoring via GPS in accordance with the Field
                          Operations Manual (Section 4.6, Electronic Monitoring of
                          Offenders). These offenders shall be supervised on an
                          intensive level of supervision in accordance with the Field
                          Operations Manual (Section 4.4, Levels of Supervision).
                    4.    Toxicology Testing. One random toxicology test shall be
                          administered to each offender on a reentry furlough per month.
                          Offenders shall submit to additional toxicology tests with
                          cause at a parole officer’s or parole manager’s direction.
                    5.    Case Management Plan. A Case Management Plan shall be created
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                          Supervision of Offenders on Reentry Furlough

                          in the Case Notes System for each offender indicating the
                          required information as well as the offender’s TPAI score, and
                          the appropriate corresponding level of supervision. A Case
                          Management Plan does not need to be created for offenders who
                          will be supervised on a reentry furlough for less than 10
                          days.
                    6.    Intake. During the initial meeting with a parole officer, each
                          offender shall be required to initial next to each condition
                          on the Reentry Furlough Agreement (form CN 9804) and to sign
                          where noted at the end of the form. The offender is to be
                          instructed to carry the Reentry Furlough Agreement on his
                          person at all times for the duration of the reentry furlough.
                          During the intake, the offender shall be offered information
                          on available programs in the area to address his/her needs as
                          identified on the TSAPP, if any.
                    7.    General Supervision Guidelines. Supervision for offenders
                          released to reentry furloughs shall mirror that of other
                          offenders supervised by the Parole and Community Services
                          Division in all other aspects. During office visits, the
                          parole officer shall discuss with the offender progress made
                          regarding resources to address each need.
                    8.    Issues of Non-Compliance with Conditions. Offenders released
                          to reentry furloughs that violate the conditions of the
                          furlough shall be subject the same incremental sanctions
                          and/or violation process as other offenders released to the
                          community via the authority of the Commissioner of Correction
                          or designee. Violations of conditions shall be documented via
                          the issuance of either a misconduct report or a disciplinary
                          report in accordance with Administrative Directive 9.5, Code
                          of Penal Discipline and an incident report in accordance with
                          Administrative Directive 6.6, Reporting of Incidents. All
                          remands to custody must be authorized by a parole manager or
                          higher authority in accordance with Administrative Directive
                          11.3, Remand of Offenders to Actual Custody.
                    9.    Escapes. Offenders who fail to report to their parole officers
                          as scheduled or directed or who vacate their residences shall
                          be subject to the procedures in accordance with the Field
                          Operations Manual (Section 5.1, Escape from Community
                          Supervision (CONFIDENTIAL)).
                    10.   Discharges. A Termination Report shall be completed in
                          Casenotes indicating the offender’s level of compliance with
                          supervision and status at the time of discharge. Parole
                          officers shall ensure that offenders discharging to
                          supervision by the Office of Adult Probation have been in
                          contact with probation in accordance with the Field Operations
                          Manual (Section 4.10, Parole-to-Probation).

     5.   Exceptions. Any exceptions to this policy and these procedures shall require
          prior written approval from the Director of Parole and Community Services or
          higher authority.

				
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