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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 Policy Number: Effective Date: Page 2 of 4 4.19 10/29/2009 Title: 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 Policy Number: Effective Date: Page 3 of 4 4.19 10/29/2009 Title: Supervision of Offenders on Reentry Furlough 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 Policy Number: Effective Date: Page 4 of 4 4.19 10/29/2009 Title: 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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