Division of Criminal Justice
CHRISTOPHER L. MORANO, Chief State’s Attorney
John J. Russotto, Deputy Chief State’s Attorney for Personnel, Finance and Administration
Paul E. Murray, Deputy Chief State’s Attorney for Operations
Constitutional authority - Article XXIII of the amendments to the Connecticut Constitution
Statutory authority - CGS Sec. 51-276 and 51-277
Central office - 300 Corporate Place,
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Number of employees - 544 (positions authorized) - 519 (positions filled)
Recurring operating expenses - $48.3 million (all sources)
Organizational structure - The Division of Criminal Justice is composed of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and one State’s Attorney’s office for each of the state’s thirteen Judicial Districts.
The Division of Criminal Justice is the agency within the Executive branch of government responsible for investigating and prosecuting all criminal matters, both in adult and juvenile courts, in the State of Connecticut. The agency also represents the state in all appellate, post-trial and post-conviction proceedings arising from the prosecution of criminal matters.
The Division continued to seek out innovative means to further its public safety mission despite ongoing budgetary pressures.
Federal funding was secured by the Division to establish a centralized Domestic Violence Unit, comprised of a prosecutor and inspector, who will assist in domestic violence investigation and prosecution on a statewide basis. The Unit will also assist in formation, codification, dissemination and implementation of best policies and practices in domestic violence arrest and prosecution matters. The Division’s commitment to combat domestic violence was further evidenced by its work on the Connecticut Domestic Violence Docket Planning Committee, whose efforts resulted in the decision to expand formal domestic violence dockets into New Britain, New London, and Norwalk.
Recognizing the need to develop an approach to conducting child abuse interviews that is consistent and forensically sound, the Division, in conjunction with the Governor’s Task Force on Justice for Abused Children, was accepted into the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute’s “Finding Words- Half a Nation by 2010" project. This project, which is receiving financial support from the Department of Families and Children and the Office of Policy and Management, will bring a replicable, nationally recognized child abuse training program to Connecticut.
The Division's highly successful internship program once again provided educational opportunities for over 40 law students during the fiscal year, an increase of over 100%.
In June 2003, the Division inaugurated its first Annual Training Program for prosecutors. Over 200 Division personnel attended an enhanced, intensive, two-day program held in Westbrook in 2006, including an update on the Division’s new Case Presentation Unit. This specialized unit, based at the Office of the Chief State's Attorney in Rocky Hill, assists prosecutors statewide in utilizing the latest technology in trial presentations. The Division’s stance on the vital importance of training is evidenced by the Training Program being mandatory for prosecutors with less than ten years experience. Recognizing that training should be a constant component throughout employment, the Division publishes a comprehensive training manual for new prosecutors. The "Prosecutor's Deskbook: A Guide for New Prosecutors" is made available to all newly hired prosecutors as well as serving as a reference for experienced prosecutors.
The Division established a toll-free "tip line" to allow the public to confidentially report allegations of corruption at the state and local levels of government. Calls to the toll-free number, 1-888-742-2726, are processed by the Public Integrity Bureau in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney. The “tip line” received over 100 calls in the last year.