Due to public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Governor Lamont’s Executive Order, the Board’s offices at 55 West Main Street are currently closed to the public (Click here for DAS Visitor Policy) . Parole Release and Revocation hearings conducted by video-conference will continue as scheduled during normal business hours until further notice. Members of the public may access the following parole hearings via Teams Live Event video feed (Click here for instructions. The video will be available for viewing after the hearing as long as the link is posted on the website). Hearings start at 9am unless posted otherwise. Click on the below links to watch hearings on:

December 3rd 2021:


Carl Robinson Hearing - R#3 .

All hearings will be conducted as MS Teams or Zoom Virtual Hearings and streamed LIVE on this website as well. Please check back periodically for updates and links. Please refresh or switch your web browser if the links are not working.

Richard Sparaco

Executive Director

Richard Sparaco earned a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and began his career with the Department of Correction in 1992 working as a social worker trainee assigned to the Board of Parole.  In 1994, he became a Parole Officer in the Hearings Division of the Board of Parole assigned to various Correctional Jails, Institutions, and Halfway Houses around the state. In 1998, he transferred to the Special Management Unit of the Field Services Division of the Board to pilot the Zero Tolerance Drug Program in New Haven.  In 1999, he returned to the Hearings Division and was assigned to special projects that included the implementation of the Board of Parole Risk Assessment Instrument.

In 2000, Director Sparaco was promoted to Parole and Community Service Manager overseeing release and violation hearings for the Board.  His duties were expanded to include legislative liaison for the agency and project manager for creation and implementation of cross-agency electronic case management system.   He also spearheaded many new initiatives such as the creation of an Intake and Assessment Unit; and creation of a Planning, Research & Development Unit for which he was named Director in 2011.  He has become an expert in the areas of structured decision-making, re-entry, supervision models, parole violation proceedings, and actuarial risk assessment.  On May 15, 2014 he was appointed by Chairperson Carleton Giles as the Executive Director of the Board of Pardons and Paroles.