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 live video feed at 9am. Click on the below links to watch hearings on April 16th 2021:

Osborn CI Hearing starts at 8:30am- R#1 (Due to technical reasons inmates will be participating over the phone ).

Corrigan/ Radgowski Hearing - R#3 (Due to technical reasons inmates will be participating over the phone ).


All pardon hearings will be conducted as 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.

Welcome Message from Chair Giles

The Board is committed to transparency and communication about the role and mandate of our agency.  Taxpayers and members of the community - indeed, as people with a stake in a safer society - have a right to access information pertaining to the discretionary parole and pardon processes.      

 

The Board of Pardons and Paroles is an integral part of the legal system and plays a critical role in Connecticut's criminal justice policy. The majority of our work is mandated by law.  Offenders are eligible to be paroled at either 50% or 85% of their sentence of incarceration depending on the crime(s) they are convicted of and the date those crimes were committed.  Offenders are eligible to apply for an Absolute Pardon three years after their most recent Misdemeanor conviction or five years after their most recent Felony conviction, whichever is later. 

 

The remainder of the Board's work is driven by a moral and ethical responsibility to do our part in making Connecticut - all 169 towns and cities - great places to live, work, play and raise children.  As Chair of the Board, it is important to me that we accomplish this by doing what we are supposed to do as an agency and do it well.  The Board is tasked with determining which parole eligible offenders, with appropriate and effective supports and interventions, are likely to return to their communities as productive and contributing members and remain so.     

 

The Board is also called upon to decide which offenders deserve to be legally forgiven for their past actions based on their demonstrated, successful reengagement with their communities.  It is not our job to punish offenders, but to ascertain their suitability for re-entering society. Making such determinations amounts to calculated risks and requires us to rely on science.      

 

The Board seeks to utilize research-based assessment tools which measure both an offender's risks for criminal behavior and identifies what needs must be met if they are expected to change that behavior.  Given that it costs Connecticut taxpayers an average of $33,000 a year to incarcerate an offender and the vast majority of inmates will, at some point, reach the end of the incarceration portion of their sentence, it behooves us to be proactive about who walks out the prison doors.