The Connecticut Department of Corrections (2009 DOC Annual Report) reports that the daily cost of housing an inmate in prison in Connecticut is $92.35, while the average daily cost of supervising offenders on parole is just $16.93, or 80 percent less.
In 2012, there were 4,444 individuals on parole in Connecticut and 4,489 individuals on parole in Connecticut in 2011.
How to Become a Parole Officer in Connecticut: Education/Experience Requirements
Individuals may meet the minimum qualifications for Connecticut parole officer jobs in one of two ways. They may possess a bachelor’s degree in one of the social services field, or they may have at least four years of experience in criminal justice, parole, probation, law enforcement, social work, or counseling and rehabilitation.
Training Requirements for Parole Officer Careers in Connecticut
To effectively become a parole officer and begin serving in Connecticut, new hires must complete a minimum of 400 hours (10 weeks) of academy training at the Maloney Center for Training and Staff Development in Cheshire, Connecticut, during their first year of employment. Then, they must complete at least 40 hours of training on an annual basis.
Parole Field Offices in Connecticut
Parole officers in Connecticut work out of the Parole and Community Services Division, which is under the Department of Corrections. The Division operates under a Community Reintegration Model, which provides support programs for offenders reentering the community.
The Division, which has field offices in New Haven, Bridgeport, Waterbury, Hartford, and New London/Norwich, also operates a number of specialized units, including the Central Intake Unit, the Mental Health Unit, the Residential Services Unit, the Fugitive Investigation Unit, and the Special Management Unit, which oversees sex offenders.