NEW INFORMATION: EARLY PAROLE DISCHARGE
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ELIGIBILITY FOR DISCRETIONARY PAROLE FOR INDIVIDUALS SERVING DEFINITE SENTENCES.
Statutory Requirements for Parole Consideration
Generally, the Board may only consider those individuals serving a total effective sentence (definite) of at least 2 years and 1 day. Again generally, state law requires that these individuals serve at least 50% of their total effective sentence less any jail or risk reduction credits before the Board is allowed to parole them.
Individuals with an offense involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person—also referred to as “violent offenders” --must serve at least 85% of their total effective sentence less any jail credit before the Board is allowed to parole them. The Board determines whether an offense involved physical force against another person pursuant to agency regulation codified at Regs., Conn. State Agencies §§ 54-125a-1—54-125a-6. A list of offenses which automatically result in an 85% designation is available here.
Please note that for offenses committed on or after July 1, 2013, the parole eligibility date of individuals required to serve at least 85% is not reduced by risk reduction earned credits (“RREC”).
Parole Ineligible Offenses
Generally, individuals serving a sentence for any of the following crimes are not eligible for parole:
Individuals serving a sentence for one of the above-listed offenses may nonetheless be eligible pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-125a (f) if the offense was committed when that individual was under 18 years of age. See webpage on Public Act 15-84 hearings for more information.
Additional Requirements for Parole Consideration*
Even if eligible by law, the Board may decline to consider an individual for parole. By policy, if at any point during their sentence the individual satisfies any of the following criteria, they will not be considered for parole:
· Are designated by the Connecticut DOC as a security risk group (SRG)
· Are classified by the Connecticut DOC as an overall risk level "5"
· Are housed in a Connecticut DOC chronic disciplinary unit
· Have criminal charges pending in the state of Connecticut
*Does not apply to individuals who are eligible pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-125a (f). Individuals convicted of the above-referenced offenses may also be technically eligible under 125g or 125d, however, the Board does not consider individuals for release pursuant to those sections.
Eligibility versus Suitability
Parole eligibility and suitability are not the same. Parole eligibility is whether, at a given point in time, the Board is allowed by law to parole a sentenced individual. In contrast, parole suitability is whether the Board should parole an eligible sentenced individual. Eligible individuals may not be suitable for release.
Employees of the Board are ultimately responsible for determining whether and when an individual is eligible for parole based on the application of existing law to the latest information available to the agency. Eligibility information is therefore subject to change over time. In addition, the contents of this page are subject to change based on changes in law and agency policy. The Board does not warrant the accuracy of the information contained herein nor is it responsible for any errors or omissions and assumes no liability for its use.