Department of Correction
At a Glance
Carol Salsbury, Deputy Commissioner
Dennis Jones, Director
Established – 1968
Statutory authority – CGS Sec. 18-78
Central office – 24 Wolcott Hill Road,
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Number of full-time employees – 6,522
Recurring operating expenses – $ 573,839,097
Capital outlay – $ 9,347,057
The agency on June 30, 2005 confined 18,123 offenders, a 2.3 percent decrease when compared with the incarcerated population on June 30, 2004. Including those inmates on department-administered community supervision, correctional staff supervised a total population of 22,763 offenders.
The Division consists of 18 correctional facilities, which are managed by two District Administrators and 17 Wardens. There are 14 Correctional Institutions and four Correctional Centers, which incarcerate approximately 18,200 inmates. It is the Operations Division mission to protect the public and staff while ensuring the secure, safe and humane supervision of offenders with opportunities that support successful community reintegration.
This division also encompasses a wide range of emergency services to include Correctional Emergency Response Teams, Special Operations, K-9 Unit and hostage negotiators. It also includes Parole and community supervision of inmates in community release programs, which include 42 residential programs. The division maintains a medical-surgical ward at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, the inmate Correctional Transportation Unit and the Department’s Honor Guard and Bagpipe and Drum Band.
Bergin Correctional Institution (Storrs) Manson Youth Institution (Cheshire)
Bridgeport Correctional Center (Bridgeport) New Haven Correctional Center (New Haven)
Brooklyn Correctional Institution (Brooklyn) Northern Correctional Institution (Somers)
Cheshire Correctional Institution (Cheshire) Osborn Correctional Institution (Somers)
Corrigan–Radgowski Correctional Center (Uncasville) Robinson Correctional Institution (Enfield)
Enfield Correctional Institution (Enfield) Webster Correctional Institution (Cheshire)
Garner Correctional Institution (Newtown) Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution
Gates Correctional Institution (Niantic) (Enfield)
Hartford Correctional Center (Hartford) York Correctional Institution (Niantic)
MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution (Suffield)
This Division oversees the Agency’s treatment programs, including administration of health and mental health services, counseling, educational, vocational and religious programs, management of the inmate population and classification functions, and organization of the Agency’s volunteer and victim services programs. In addition to providing a diverse array of programs tailored to individual need, division personnel work in conjunction with volunteers, community providers and other human service agencies to develop comprehensive wrap-around services to offer inmates opportunities for positive change and successful reintegration into the community.
Inmate programmatic functions administered by the Division stress accountability and responsibility to effect successful transition into the community. Program Development staff research and develop evidence-based services and tracking systems to evaluate program effectiveness and lessen the likelihood of recidivism. Addiction services counselors promote recovery through four levels of substance abuse treatment from admission through community placement. The Unified School District # 1 provides both mainstream and special education, offering GED attainment, English as a Second Language and technical and vocational trade certification. Correctional Enterprises of Connecticut supplies occupational development skills and the opportunity to gain actual work experience in the production of goods and services for state, municipal and non-profit organizations. Chaplains offer forums for inmates to practice their beliefs in a wide range of worship services and religious studies.
This Division works closely with the community providing support and information to victims of crimes. Community volunteers augment program delivery, supplementing education, treatment and religious services. Offender Classification and Population Management Unit staff work with judicial and law enforcement agencies to assess, classify and assign inmate risk levels and to ensure accurate application of sentenced time
Health and Addiction Services
Correctional Enterprises of Connecticut
Offender Programs and Victim Services
Volunteer & Recreation Services
Offender Classification and Population Management
Nutrition and Food Services
Training and Staff Development
Management Information Systems
Engineering and Facilities Management
Research and Strategic Planning
This division encompasses both an investigative unit and intelligence unit. The investigative unit is responsible for internal investigations, audits and contraband disposal as consistent with departmental policy. In the fiscal year 2004/2005, the Security Division conducted 135 formal investigations. Additionally, the Security Division performed 90 audits and the Intelligence Unit processed approximately 4,100 background checks on perspective employees, vendors and volunteers. Members of the Security Division assigned to the Fugitive/Gang Task Force and Joint Terrorism Task Force assisted in numerous investigations resulting in criminal arrests and participated in the arrest and/or location of fugitives throughout New England.
The Intelligence Unit, which is comprised of Gang Management and Telephone Monitoring, are specially dedicated, highly skilled, trained and equipped to acquire, analyze and disseminate security pertinent information throughout the agency and law enforcement community. The Gang Management and Telephone Monitoring Units were combined into a single entity in 2003 as an overall strategy to effectively compile and review security sensitive information more effectively. This concept has resulted in increased efficiency and intelligence sharing with local, state and federal law enforcement professionals. Telephone monitoring and gathering of gang intelligence information were drastically increased this fiscal year. As the result of cooperative partnerships, significant improvements were made to streamline the collection, analyzing and dissemination of criminal intelligence information. Through targeted and random monitoring of non-privileged communications, detection, deterrence and prevention of criminal activity both internally and externally in surrounding communities was effectively achieved.
Security Risk Group Intelligence/Gang Management
External Affairs Division
This division oversees the Department’s crucial liaison functions with the other components of state government as well as the courts, the public and the news media. A Legislative Liaison, responsible for drafting legislation and state regulations, works closely with the General Assembly on law enforcement and prison issues, while a Freedom of Information Coordinator oversees compliance with the requirements of state law within the boundaries permitted by correctional safety and security. The Office of Public Information insures that information concerning departmental activities and the inmate population is provided to the public and media in a timely, proactive and professional manner, while being cognizant of safety and security issues. The Legal Affairs Office serves as a liaison to the Office of the Attorney General on all legal matters as well as with the state and federal courts throughout Connecticut. This Office assists in the defense of lawsuits, serves as the departmental coordinator for all issues involving the Probate Courts and insures compliance with subpoenas that are received by the agency. This Office also serves as a representative as described in Connecticut General Statute § 46a-68 and also interacts daily with attorneys and representatives from other agencies. The Office of Standards and Policy is responsible for the writing, review and revision of the agency’s Administrative Directives. The Division also oversees the Department’s Video Unit, which supports the agency’s requirements.
Office of Public Information
Freedom of Information Coordinator
Standards and Policy Administrator
In an effort to enhance safety and security in its facilities, inmate orientation units have been established at Bridgeport CC, Corrigan-Radgowski CC, Hartford CC, Manson Youth Institution, New Haven CC and York CI. These orientation units have been designated to transition newly admitted inmates that exhibit difficulties adjusting to incarceration or have medical, mental health or detoxification concerns.
The Department has enacted procedures to screen and identify inmates with severe mental illness prior to transfer to Northern Correctional Institution, the state’s male maximum-security prison. Mental health staff must review inmates in an effort to recognize any indicative signs of severe mental illness. In addition, procedures for the management of mentally ill inmates were enhanced at the Garner Correctional Institution.
As part of the Agency’s effort to be in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (Public Law 108-79), a comprehensive plan was developed to educate staff and inmates in the prevention of sexual assault in Connecticut correctional facilities. This plan incorporates education on sexual assault, appropriate screening and monitoring by facilities, and assures mandatory investigations of reported incidents.
Programs and Treatment Division
The Programs and Treatment Division realigned the incarcerated population to accommodate the return of 500 inmates from Virginia and to consolidate medical and mental health services in order to provide more comprehensive treatment. The Unit initiated 71,363 inmate transfers and provided services to the population in a safe and secure manner.
The Unified School District’s 18 schools provided educational services to more than 11,969 inmates, awarding 675 GED’s, 398 vocational training certificates and developed 1,024 individualized education plans for students under twenty-one years of age. During the year, 33 percent of the incarcerated population was engaged in some formal educational training. Correctional Enterprises provided employment for 425 inmates on an average daily basis. Addiction Services provided groups for 8,524 inmates, while Religious Services provided more than 88,000 hours of ministry time. Volunteers donated 154,800 hours and the Victim Services Unit maintained 1,766 active victim notifications and completed 8,961 victim contracts.
In the fiscal year 2004/2005, the Security Division conducted 135 formal investigations. Additionally, the Security Division performed 90 audits and the Intelligence Unit processed approximately 4,100 background checks on perspective employees, vendors and volunteers. Members of the Security Division assigned to the Fugitive/Gang Task Force and Joint Terrorism Task Force assisted in numerous investigations resulting in criminal arrests and participated in the arrest and/or location of fugitives throughout New England.
External Affairs Division
The External Affairs Division spent much of the year overseeing the management of both the news media and the official witnesses involved with the state’s first administration of Capital Punishment in nearly 45 years. Special attention and consideration were given to the relationship that the Department developed with the witnesses, including relatives of the victims, whose presence is mandated by state statute. Efforts were undertaken to insure they would be as comfortable with and cognizant of the process as was possible. During the administration of capital punishment, some 250 members of the media were present to cover the event, from local, state, national and international news organizations. The Division also developed a standardized and streamlined process for the efficient handling of the response to Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities complaints. A new protocol was also developed to respond to the numerous letters sent to the Governor’s Office regarding the Department of Correction. Several high profile parole hearings, under the revised Board of Pardons and Paroles, which attracted substantial media attention were also managed by the Division which created a new template for media attendance at such hearings. The Public Information Office handled an estimated 7,000 inquiries and the Freedom of Information Coordinator managed 480 formal requests pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Through its Legislative Liaison, the agency was successful in getting bills passed that further protect the rights of victims of crime. The liaison also tracked through passage (29) bills that directly effect the Department. This office also handled 780 inquiries from elected officials. The Legal/Paralegal office responded to nearly 1400 legal matters and inquiries and handled nearly 220 probate court issues.
Information Reported as Required by State Statute
Affirmative Action Unit
The purpose of the Affirmative Action Unit is to ensure that the principles of Equal Employment Opportunities, Affirmative Action and Diversity are an integral part of the employment and advancement of all employees of the Department of Correction.
The Affirmative Action Unit developed and submitted on a timely basis the agency’s Affirmative Action Plan to the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. The plan reinforces the Department’s commitment to having a diversified workforce with equal opportunity for all. During the fiscal year, the number of people of color in the workforce increased from 2,062 (31.5 percent) to 2,075 (32.0 percent). The percentage of female staff increased slightly from 1,614 (24.7 percent) to 1,610 (24.8 percent).
This unit has continued its emphasis on training Department of Correction staff in the areas of Affirmative Action (including Sexual Harassment, and Discrimination) and Diversity. This training is provided to new employees and new supervisors. The department has initiated a Diversity Initiative that includes the development of Diversity Councils at each facility and the implementation of an In-Service Diversity Training Curriculum. The Diversity Councils provide line staff with the opportunity to share, value, appreciate and respect staff diversity. They are also intended to foster open communication in addressing and affecting department policies, which bear upon diversity issues.
This unit is significantly involved with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Attorney General's Office, the African-American Affairs Commission and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. The numbers of complaints filed are as follows – CHRO Formal went from 48 to 49, Affirmative Action Internal went from 70 to 73.