The Judicial Branchs Court Support Services Division (CSSD) administers juvenile probation through the Office of Juvenile Probation Services.
Juvenile probation officers do not carry a firearm. They are classified as peace officers and do have the power to arrest.
There is an internal policy of the Court Support Service Division that prohibits the officers from carrying a firearm.
At the time of the survey, it was not under consideration to allow the officers to carry a firearm.
There are no private companies providing juvenile probation supervision.
In Connecticut, juvenile parole officers, referred to as juvenile service officers, provide case management services to youth throughout their commitment. Case management services are provided when the youths are placed out of the home, as well as, when they return to their own homes, schools and communities. These juvenile aftercare services are under the Department of Children and Families, Bureau of Juvenile Justice, which is in the executive branch of Connecticuts state government.
These officers do not carry a firearm. They are not classified as peace officers. They have the authority to bring into custody any youth still under a delinquency commitment who violates the conditions of their parole.
There is no policy that prohibits the officers from carrying a firearm. At the time of the survey, carrying a firearm was not under consideration.
The Bureau of Juvenile Justice has contracts with private companies that provide aftercare services to youths on parole, such as employment training, recreation, supervision, and behavioral health.
The Bureau does contract with private providers for Outreach, Tracking and Reunification (OTR) services. These are considered parole supervision.
The Court Support Services Division (CSSD)
Adult Probation under the Judicial Branch is responsible for the delivery of
adult services to the court. The agency is committed to supervising and treating
offenders according to the risk they pose to public safety, matching the degree
or level of supervision and treatment to their level of risk; choosing
appropriate targets of evidence-based rehabilitative programming that addresses
the clients’ identified “criminogenic need”; and employing styles and modes of
treatment interventions that are consistent with the ability and the
developmental level of the offender. The agency has initiated intensive training
designed to improve the effectiveness of staff interactions with probation
clients, provide ongoing evaluation of officer proficiency, and by maximizing
officer skill through the use of normative feedback.
In 2004, Public Act 04-234 was passed in
the State of Connecticut. The objectives of this Public Act were to maintain the
prison population at or under capacity, promote successful re-entry into the
community, provide public safety, and support victim rights. This Public Act
created a new Board of Pardons and Parole and merged it with the Department of
Correction. The Public Act also transferred Parole field supervision from the
Board of Pardons and Parole to the Department of Correction.
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