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March 4, 2011
(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he has reappointed Department of Corrections Commissioner Leo Arnone of Somers. Arnone is a 22-year veteran of the Connecticut Department of Corrections. He also worked for 12 years in the state Judicial Branch, and for 3 years at the Department of Children and Families. Arnone is currently the interim commissioner at DOC, originally appointed by Governor M. Jodi Rell.

"Leo is well-liked by staff at the department and well-respected by members of his peer community," said Governor Malloy. "He believes, as I do, that public safety comes first, but we also need to spend less and find ways to reduce recidivism in our inmate population. His ties to community-based providers and his special insight into early intervention and juvenile justice programs are also of particular interest to me as we find ways to reform our criminal justice system."

"I'm looking forward to working with Governor Malloy - a former prosecutor and someone who deeply believes in the reformation of our current system," said Arnone. "With my career spanning two branches and as many departments, I have a broad understanding of the ways in which we can better address the needs of our criminal justice system."

Arnone was appointed to be the commissioner of the Department of Corrections in 2010. Starting his career at DOC in 1974, Arnone rose through the ranks from a Correctional Officer to a Correctional Captain. Subsequently, Arnone served as the Deputy Warden and Warden at the Hartford Correctional Center from 1988-1993, a high security, 1,000 bed pre-trial facility. From 1993-1995, Arnone was a regional director with the department, overseeing six correctional facilities in the Enfield/Somers area, with 4,000 inmates 1,800 employees, 1,700 acres of property, and over 100 buildings.

From 1995-2007, Arnone worked in the Judicial Branch, first as the Superintendent of the Hartford Juvenile Detention Center, and later as the Deputy Director of Operations for Juvenile Detention Services. From 2007-2010, Arnone was the Bureau Chief at the Bureau of Juvenile Services within Department of Children and Families where he had oversight of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, five privately-operated residential training schools, parole and reentry programs for children and specialized community mental health programming.
For Immediate Release: March 4, 2011
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