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OLR Research Report


October 29, 2013

 

2013-R-0413

PRISON RELEASE STATISTICS

By: Christopher Reinhart, Chief Attorney

You asked for statistics on the number of people released from Connecticut prisons in recent years.

We compiled information on prison releases since 2009 using monthly release data reported in the Monthly Indicators Report published by the Office of Policy and Management's Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division. The total number of releases declined from 2009 to 2010, increased slightly in 2011, and declined in 2012. The slight increase in 2011 occurred in the number of releases at the end of sentences. It appears that the number of releases will decline again in 2013, as the number of releases during the first nine months of 2013 (13,067) is below the number of releases during the first nine month in any of the preceding three years (releases in these years ranged from 15,081 to 15,815).

Table 1 displays the total releases for each year since 2009, including those through the end of September 2013, broken down into two categories: releases at end of sentence and releases on Department of Correction (DOC) supervision. If DOC released an individual from prison more than once during a year, that person is counted more than once.

Table 1: Prison Releases Since 2009

Year

Release at End of Sentence

Release on DOC Supervision

Total Releases

2009

11,750

9,621

21,371

2010

11,035

9,404

20,439

2011

11,642

9,004

20,646

2012

10,841

9,003

19,844

2013*

7,288

5,779

13,067

* Through September 2013.

“End of sentence” means at the completion of the maximum prison sentence imposed for an inmate's convictions. These inmates are no longer subject to DOC custody or supervision. “Release on DOC supervision” means DOC released an inmate from prison prior to completing his or her maximum sentence, such as to parole supervision. These inmates can be returned to prison for the remainder of their prison sentences for violating their release terms. This does not include releases to probation because a person serves a probation term, if any is imposed by the court, after completing his or her prison term and is supervised by a Judicial Branch probation officer rather than a DOC employee.

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