CHAPTER 960a
YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS

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Sec. 54-76l. Records or other information of youth to be confidential. Exceptions.

      Sec. 54-76l. Records or other information of youth to be confidential. Exceptions. (a) The records or other information of a youth, other than a youth arrested for or charged with the commission of a crime which is a class A felony or a violation of section 14-222a, subsection (a) of section 14-224, section 14-227a or 14-227g, subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 53-21 or section 53a-70, 53a-70a, 53a-70b, 53a-71, 53a-72a or 53a-72b, except a violation involving consensual sexual intercourse or sexual contact between the youth and another person who is thirteen years of age or older but under sixteen years of age, including fingerprints, photographs and physical descriptions, shall be confidential and shall not be open to public inspection or be disclosed except as provided in this section, but such fingerprints, photographs and physical descriptions submitted to the State Police Bureau of Identification of the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection at the time of the arrest of a person subsequently adjudged, or subsequently presumed or determined to be eligible to be adjudged, a youthful offender shall be retained as confidential matter in the files of the bureau and be opened to inspection only as provided in this section. Other data ordinarily received by the bureau, with regard to persons arrested for a crime, shall be forwarded to the bureau to be filed, in addition to such fingerprints, photographs and physical descriptions, and be retained in the division as confidential information, open to inspection only as provided in this section.

      (b) The records of any such youth, or any part thereof, may be disclosed to and between individuals and agencies, and employees of such agencies, providing services directly to the youth, including law enforcement officials, state and federal prosecutorial officials, school officials in accordance with section 10-233h, court officials, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Court Support Services Division and a victim advocate under section 54-220 for a victim of a crime committed by the youth. Such records shall also be available to the attorney representing the youth, in any proceedings in which such records are relevant, to the parents or guardian of such youth, until such time as the youth reaches the age of majority or is emancipated, and to the youth upon his or her emancipation or attainment of the age of majority, provided proof of the identity of such youth is submitted in accordance with guidelines prescribed by the Chief Court Administrator. Such records shall also be available to members and employees of the Board of Pardons and Paroles and employees of the Department of Correction who, in the performance of their duties, require access to such records, provided the subject of the record has been adjudged a youthful offender and sentenced to a term of imprisonment or been convicted of a crime in the regular criminal docket of the Superior Court, and such records are relevant to the performance of a risk and needs assessment of such person while such person is incarcerated, the determination of such person's suitability for release from incarceration or for a pardon, or the determination of the supervision and treatment needs of such person while on parole or other supervised release. Such records shall also be available to law enforcement officials and prosecutorial officials conducting legitimate criminal investigations. Such records disclosed pursuant to this subsection shall not be further disclosed.

      (c) The records of any such youth, or any part thereof, may be disclosed upon order of the court to any person who has a legitimate interest in the information and is identified in such order. Records or information disclosed pursuant to this subsection shall not be further disclosed.

      (d) The records of any such youth, or any part thereof, shall be available to the victim of the crime committed by such youth to the same extent as the record of the case of a defendant in a criminal proceeding in the regular criminal docket of the Superior Court is available to a victim of the crime committed by such defendant. The court shall designate an official from whom such victim may request such information. Information disclosed pursuant to this subsection shall not be further disclosed.

      (e) Any reports and files held by the Court Support Services Division regarding any such youth who served a period of probation may be accessed and disclosed by employees of the division for the purpose of performing the duties contained in section 54-63b.

      (f) Information concerning any such youth who has escaped from an institution to which such youth has been committed or for whom an arrest warrant has been issued may be disclosed by law enforcement officials.

      (g) Information concerning any such youth in the custody of the Department of Correction may be disclosed by the department to the parents or guardian of such youth.

      (h) The information contained in and concerning the issuance of any protective order issued in a case in which a person is presumed or determined to be eligible to be adjudged a youthful offender shall be entered in the registry of protective orders pursuant to section 51-5c and may be further disclosed as specified in said section.

      (i) The records of any youth adjudged a youthful offender for a violation of section 14-215 or 14-222, subsection (b) of section 14-223 or subsection (b) or (c) of section 14-224 shall be disclosed to the Department of Motor Vehicles for administrative use in determining whether suspension of such person's motor vehicle operator's license is warranted. The commissioner shall suspend the motor vehicle operator's license of such youth for six months for a first offense and one year for a second or subsequent offense. Such records disclosed pursuant to this subsection shall not be further disclosed.

      (j) The provisions of this section, as amended by public act 05-232*, apply to offenses committed after January 1, 2006, and do not affect any cases pending on said date or any investigations involving offenses committed prior to said date.

      (1971, P.A. 72, S. 11; P.A. 76-333, S. 6; P.A. 77-486, S. 4, 5; 77-614, S. 486, 610; P.A. 80-165, S. 2; P.A. 81-472, S. 95, 159; P.A. 82-140, S. 2; P.A. 94-221, S. 16; July Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-2, S. 11; P.A. 95-225, S. 34; 95-261, S. 3; P.A. 98-81, S. 10; 98-256, S. 12; P.A. 99-215, S. 17; P.A. 00-209, S. 3; P.A. 02-132, S. 57; P.A. 04-234, S. 2; P.A. 05-232, S. 7; P.A. 06-196, S. 186; Jan. Sp. Sess. P.A. 08-1, S. 24; P.A. 08-32, S. 12; P.A. 10-43, S. 34; 10-180, S. 5; P.A. 11-39, S. 1; 11-51, S. 134.)

      *Note: Public act 05-232 is entitled "An Act Concerning Youthful Offender Proceedings". (See Reference Table captioned "Public Acts of 2005" in Volume 16 of the General Statutes of Connecticut, revised to January 1, 2011, which lists the sections amended, created or repealed by the act.)


      History: P.A. 76-333 added the word "police" in agency designated as "state police bureau of identification"; P.A. 77-486 required that records be made available to judges and adult probation officers in connection with sentencing procedures; P.A. 77-614 made state police department a division within the department of public safety, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-165 added provision re availability of records to crime victims; P.A. 81-472 made technical corrections; P.A. 82-140 permitted disclosure of identity of person charged to the victim if victim intends to bring a civil action for damages or person is adjudged a youthful offender; P.A. 94-221 replaced alphabetic with numeric Subdiv. indicators and added Subdiv. (3) re the disclosure of the identity of a person who is adjudged a youthful offender to the superintendent of schools for the school district in which such person resides and limited the use of such information by the superintendent; July Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-2 added a new Subdiv. (3) re the availability to a state's attorney of records concerning a youth adjudged a youthful offender for the violation of certain firearm-related offenses, renumbering former Subdiv. (3) as Subdiv. (4); P.A. 95-225 substantially revised section by designating existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and amending said Subsec. to specify that the records shall be confidential and not be disclosed except as provided in this section, delete former Subdivs. (1) to (4), inclusive, re exceptions to the prohibition on disclosure and delete provision that granted any institution to which a youth is committed the right to inspect any of the records of any person committed to it as a youthful offender without a court order, adding Subsec. (b) re disclosure of the records to certain individuals and agencies, adding Subsec. (c) re disclosure of the records to any person who has a legitimate interest therein upon order of the court and adding Subsec. (d) re availability of the records to the victim of the crime; P.A. 95-261 added Subsec. (b), designated by the Revisors as Subsec. (e), re disclosure of reports and files of Office of Adult Probation re youth adjudged youthful offender to Office of the Bail Commission; P.A. 98-81 amended Subsec. (b) by adding provision that records be available to attorney representing youth, parent or guardian, until youth reaches age of majority or is emancipated, and to youth upon attainment of age of majority, provided proof of identity of such youth is submitted to court in accordance with guidelines prescribed by Chief Court Administrator; P.A. 98-256 amended Subsec. (b) to make provisions applicable to records of a youth adjudged a youthful offender "on or after October 1, 1995"; P.A. 99-215 amended Subsec. (b) by adding "emancipation or" and making a technical change; P.A. 00-209 added new Subsec. (f) authorizing the disclosure by law enforcement officials of information concerning a youth who has escaped from an institution or for whom an arrest warrant has been issued; P.A. 02-132 amended Subsec. (a) by making technical changes, amended Subsec. (b) by replacing "Office of Adult Probation, the Office of the Bail Commission" with "Court Support Services Division", amended Subsec. (e) by replacing "Office of Adult Probation" with "Court Support Services Division", replacing "disclosed to the Office of the Bail Commission" with "accessed and disclosed by employees of the division" and adding provision re youthful offender who served a period of probation and added Subsec. (g) re entry of information into registry of protective orders pursuant to Sec. 51-5c, effective January 1, 2003; P.A. 04-234 replaced Board of Parole with Board of Pardons and Paroles, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 05-232 amended Subsec. (a) by adding "or other information", replacing "any youth adjudged a youthful offender" with "a youth", adding exception for youth arrested for or charged with certain crimes and adding "or subsequently presumed or determined to be eligible to be adjudged", amended Subsec. (b) by replacing "any youth adjudged a youthful offender on or after October 1, 1995," with "any such youth" and making a technical change, amended Subsecs. (c), (d), (e) and (f) by replacing "any youth adjudged a youthful offender" with "any such youth", amended Subsec. (g) by replacing "found eligible" with "presumed or determined to be eligible" and added Subsec. (h) re applicability of amended section, effective January 1, 2006; P.A. 06-196 made a technical change in Subsec. (d), effective June 7, 2006; Jan. Sp. Sess. P.A. 08-1 amended Subsec. (b) to delete Board of Pardons and Paroles from existing list of service providing individuals and agencies to which records may be disclosed and add provision re availability of records to members and employees of Board of Pardons and Paroles and employees of Department of Correction, effective January 25, 2008; P.A. 08-32 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that confidentiality provisions do not apply to records or other information of a youth arrested for or charged with the commission of a violation of Sec. 14-222a, 14-224(a), 14-227a or 14-227g, added new Subsec. (h) re disclosure to Department of Motor Vehicles of records of youth adjudged youthful offender for violation of Sec. 14-215, 14-222, 14-223(b) or 14-224(b) or (c), suspension of the operator's license of any such youth and prohibition on further disclosure, and redesignated existing Subsec. (h) as Subsec. (i), effective August 1, 2008; P.A. 10-43 amended Subsec. (b) to replace "an advocate appointed pursuant to section 54-221" with "a victim advocate under section 54-220"; P.A. 10-180 amended Subsec. (b) to add provision re availability of records to law enforcement officials and prosecutorial officials conducting legitimate criminal investigations; P.A. 11-39 added new Subsec. (g) re disclosure of information to parents or guardian of youth in custody of Department of Correction and redesignated existing Subsecs. (g), (h) and (i) as Subsecs. (h), (i) and (j), effective June 3, 2011; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, "Department of Public Safety" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection" in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 2011.

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