CHAPTER 322

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL CENTERS

Table of Contents

Sec. 18-31. Location. Definitions.

Sec. 18-31a. Maintenance of community correctional centers and detention centers.

Sec. 18-31b. Gratuitous transfer of abandoned facilities to municipalities or municipal redevelopment agencies. Auction. Payment to state upon transfer.

Secs. 18-32 to 18-45. Sheriffs and other jailers, generally. Board of prisoners. Sick prisoners. United States prisoners.

Sec. 18-45a. Confiscation of moneys in possession of prisoners.

Sec. 18-46. Employment of prisoners. Duties of commissioners.

Sec. 18-46a. Public sale of articles made by inmates.

Secs. 18-47 to 18-49. Inspection of accounts by commissioners. Food; clothing; medical aid; tools. Injury to prisoner.

Sec. 18-50. Credit against unpaid fine for time spent in confinement, employed or performing community service. Payment of fines, fees and costs after commitment.

Secs. 18-51 and 18-52. Expiration of term on Sunday or holiday. Release of sick prisoners.

Sec. 18-52a. Hospitalization of prisoners for medical care. Payment of expenses.

Secs. 18-53 to 18-61. Commutation for good behavior. Liberties of community correctional centers. Prisoners on civil process. Poor debtor’s oath; proceedings; discharge. Debtor’s second application. Review on application of creditor. Furnishing of support by creditor; exception. Execution for creditor’s expenses. Escape of debtor because of defective community correctional center: Liability.

Sec. 18-62. Sexes to be separated. Exception for cocorrectional facilities.

Sec. 18-63. Commitment for failure to pay fine.

Sec. 18-64. Annual jail returns to Welfare Commissioner.


Sec. 18-31. Location. Definitions. Section 18-31 is repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 3025; 1953, S. 1687d; 1959, P.A. 152, S. 39; 1961, P.A. 580, S. 11; 1967, P.A. 152, S. 41.)

Sec. 18-31a. Maintenance of community correctional centers and detention centers. The Commissioner of Correction shall establish and maintain such community correctional centers or detention centers as are required for the proper administration of the correctional process. The commissioner shall establish rules for the regulation and government of such community correctional centers and detention centers and for the discipline and employment of inmates. Any reference in the general statutes or special acts to sheriffs as jailers, or their powers and duties as such, shall be to the commissioner.

(1967, P.A. 152, S. 40; 1969, P.A. 297.)

History: 1969 act replaced jails with community correctional centers.

Cited. 35 CA 431.

Sec. 18-31b. Gratuitous transfer of abandoned facilities to municipalities or municipal redevelopment agencies. Auction. Payment to state upon transfer. (a) Whenever any community correctional center and the land used in connection therewith is no longer needed as a place for penal or correctional purposes, the Community Correctional Center Administrator shall certify to the State Treasurer, the Commissioner of Administrative Services and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, within six months thereafter, that such facility and land are not required for penal or correctional purposes. If at any time thereafter the Commissioner of Administrative Services and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Treasurer jointly certify that such property or any portion thereof is surplus and not needed for any other purpose of the state, the Treasurer shall forthwith and gratuitously transfer such property to (1) the municipality in which the facility and land are situated, provided the municipality by vote of its legislative body shall first accept such property and a resolution of such action verified by the clerk of the municipality shall be delivered to the Treasurer, or (2) the redevelopment agency of the municipality if the land is situated or included in a redevelopment area of the municipality, upon request to the Treasurer by such agency, without restriction as to municipal use; if the transfer has been made, the municipal use restriction shall be removed by appropriate release from the Treasurer. If such property is not transferred to such municipality or the redevelopment agency thereof, such property shall be auctioned according to regular procedure by the state to the highest bidder. No separate residential dwelling unit or the land on which it is situated owned by the state and used or formerly used by community correctional center administration personnel of any abandoned community correctional center shall be included in the conveyance of community correctional center facilities to the municipality, but such residential property may be sold by the state to the highest bidder after certification to the Treasurer by the Community Correctional Center Administrator that the property is no longer needed for housing of community correctional center administration personnel.

(b) If such land or any interest therein is transferred by the municipality or by the redevelopment agency of such municipality, one-half of the transfer price shall be remitted to the state.

(1967, P.A. 646, S. 1, 2; 1969, P.A. 297; 801; P.A. 77-614, S. 19, 73, 610; P.A. 87-496, S. 85, 110; P.A. 11-51, S. 44.)

History: 1969 acts required gratuitous transfer in Subsec. (a), required notice of action to accept property to municipal redevelopment agency, rather than transfer to redevelopment agency and required that property not transferred be auctioned, deleted former Subsec. (b) re use as museum with new provision requiring that state receive half of transfer price if land transferred by municipality or redevelopment agency and replaced jails with community correctional centers; P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of public works with commissioner of administrative services and commissioner of finance and control with secretary of the office of policy and management; P.A. 87-496 substituted public works for administrative services commissioner in Subsec. (a); pursuant to P.A. 11-51, “Commissioner of Public Works” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Administrative Services” in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 2011.

Secs. 18-32 to 18-45. Sheriffs and other jailers, generally. Board of prisoners. Sick prisoners. United States prisoners. Sections 18-32 to 18-45, inclusive, are repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 461, 463, 464, 3026–3035, 3623; 1953, S. 1688d; 1959, P.A. 152, S. 40, 41, 99; 1963, P.A. 642, S. 15; 1967, P.A. 152, S. 41.)

Sec. 18-45a. Confiscation of moneys in possession of prisoners. Moneys in the possession of any prisoner at the time of admission to a facility of the Department of Correction and not turned over to the officials of such facility at such time, or introduced at a later date, and found within any facility of the Department of Correction shall be confiscated and turned over to the Institutional General Welfare Fund.

(1963, P.A. 256; P.A. 78-41.)

History: P.A. 78-41 replaced “community correctional center” with “any facility of the department of correction” and “activity fund for inmates’ welfare” with “institutional general welfare fund”.

Sec. 18-46. Employment of prisoners. Duties of commissioners. Section 18-46 is repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 3036; 1959, P.A. 152, S. 42; 1961, P.A. 580, S. 12; 1963, P.A. 259; 1967, P.A. 152, S. 41.)

Sec. 18-46a. Public sale of articles made by inmates. The Community Correctional Center Administrator may authorize the sale to the public, but not for resale, of articles made by inmates of the community correctional centers. The proceeds of such sales shall be deposited in the inmate activity funds of the respective community correctional centers and such funds may be used for the purchase of raw materials for use by the inmates in making such articles.

(1963, P.A. 239, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 297.)

History: 1969 act replaced jails with community correctional centers.

Secs. 18-47 to 18-49. Inspection of accounts by commissioners. Food; clothing; medical aid; tools. Injury to prisoner. Sections 18-47 to 18-49, inclusive, are repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 3037–3039; 1959, P.A. 152, S. 99; 1961, P.A. 58, S. 13.)

Sec. 18-50. Credit against unpaid fine for time spent in confinement, employed or performing community service. Payment of fines, fees and costs after commitment. (a)(1) Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, each person committed to any community correctional center upon conviction of any criminal offense, and held therein only for the payment of a fine, shall be discharged from confinement when the time served by such person at a per diem rate equal to the average daily cost of incarceration as determined by the Commissioner of Correction amounts to such fine or the balance thereof remaining unpaid. Such person shall earn an additional credit of fifty dollars toward such fine or balance thereof remaining unpaid for each day such person is employed at productive or maintenance work and has established a satisfactory work record. In computing the number of days to be served, credit shall be given for Sundays, holidays and the day of admission. Each person so committed shall be released during the day following that which completes the time to be served when computed in accordance with this subdivision, or immediately upon payment of the fine in full.

(2) Each person committed to any community correctional center upon conviction of any criminal offense, and held therein only for the payment of a fine, may be released from confinement by the Commissioner of Correction and, with the agreement of the Court Support Services Division within the Judicial Department, be transferred to said division subject to the requirement that such person perform community service under the supervision of said division until the period of community service performed by such person at the rate of fifty dollars a day amounts to such fine or the balance thereof remaining unpaid. Any person so transferred shall remain under the jurisdiction of the commissioner. Such person shall be discharged from the jurisdiction of the commissioner when such person completes the period of community service required to be performed when computed in accordance with this subdivision or immediately upon payment of the fine in full. If, at any time during such person’s release from confinement pursuant to this subdivision, the commissioner determines that the conduct of such person is unsuitable for continuation in such program of community service, such person may be returned to confinement.

(3) Payments of fines after commitment shall be made to the clerk of the court which imposed the sentence, and such clerk shall thereupon issue a certificate, which shall be delivered to the Community Correctional Center Administrator as evidence of such payment and shall be attached to and retained with the mittimus or other commitment process, except that, if payment is made at any time when the office of such clerk is not open, such payment shall be made to any person designated by the Community Correctional Center Administrator at the community correctional center where such person is confined, and such person so designated shall transmit the payment to the clerk of the court on the first court day thereafter. No person shall be held in confinement for failure to pay a fine after such a certificate showing that such fine has been fully paid has been delivered to the Community Correctional Center Administrator; provided, if a fine is paid to a person designated to accept it when the office of the clerk is not open, the person confined to the community correctional center shall immediately be released without requiring the prior issuance of such certificate.

(b) Payments by persons committed to community correctional centers of fees imposed under the provisions of section 51-56a or costs imposed under the provisions of section 54-143 or 54-143a shall be made to the clerk of the court location which imposed the sentence, except that if payment is made at any time when the office of such clerk is not open, such payment shall be made to any official at the correctional center where such person is confined and such official shall transmit the payment to the clerk of the court on the first court day thereafter.

(1949 Rev., S. 3040; 1955, S. 1689d; 1959, P.A. 152, S. 43; 615, S. 17; 1963, P.A. 38; February, 1965, P.A. 607, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 297; P.A. 75-355, S. 1, 3; P.A. 83-279, S. 1, 4; P.A. 02-18, S. 1; P.A. 04-234, S. 12.)

History: 1959 acts deleted provision re sentence imposed by trial justice and substituted jail administrator for sheriff or jailer; 1963 act changed technical language, raised rate from $2 to $3 per day and added provision for additional credit; 1965 act added exception re payments made at jail and proviso re release of person continued without certificate; 1969 act replaced jails with community correctional centers; P.A. 75-355 changed equivalency of imprisonment to dollars from $3 to $10 per day and increased work credit from $2 to $10 per day worked; P.A. 83-279 added Subsec. (b) re procedure for payment of certain fees and costs by persons committed to correctional centers; P.A. 02-18 amended Subsec. (a) to designate existing provisions re computation of credit for time served or time spent employed as Subdiv. (1), to amend Subdiv. (1) by adding exception re Subdiv. (2), increasing the credit for time served from $10 to $50 a day and the additional credit for time spent employed from $10 to $50 a day and making technical changes, to add new Subdiv. (2) authorizing the release from confinement of a person for purposes of earning a credit against an unpaid fine by performing community service and to designate existing provisions re payment of fines after commitment as Subdiv. (3); P.A. 04-234 amended Subsec. (a)(1) to replace rate of $50 a day with “a per diem rate equal to the average daily cost of incarceration as determined by the Commissioner of Correction”, effective June 8, 2004.

See Sec. 18-85 re compensation of inmates.

See Sec. 18-97 re presentence confinement credit.

Cited. 231 C. 514.

Cited. 31 CS 461.

Cited. 5 Conn. Cir. Ct. 229.

Secs. 18-51 and 18-52. Expiration of term on Sunday or holiday. Release of sick prisoners. Sections 18-51 and 18-52 are repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 3041; 1955, S. 1690d; 1959, P.A. 152, S. 44; 1963, P.A. 642, S. 16; 1967, P.A. 152, S. 41.)

Sec. 18-52a. Hospitalization of prisoners for medical care. Payment of expenses. Any person committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Correction who is confined in a correctional facility and requires hospitalization for medical care may be transferred by the department to any hospital having facilities for such care. If such person is covered by a health insurance policy, as defined in section 38a-469, and such policy provides coverage for such hospitalization or medical care, such person shall be liable to the hospital for all covered expenses, and (1) such person shall arrange to have the carrier pay the amount of covered expenses to the hospital, or (2) if such policy indemnifies the covered person for costs incurred, such person shall pay the hospital for covered expenses. Each carrier shall provide benefits for covered expenses without regard to whether a person is committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Correction. If such person is not covered by a health insurance policy, the department shall reimburse the receiving hospital at a rate not to exceed that established under the provisions of section 17b-239. As used in this section, “carrier” means any insurance company, hospital or medical service corporation, health care center, fraternal benefit society or other entity which delivers, issues for delivery or renews a health insurance policy in this state.

(1961, P.A. 344; 1963, P.A. 254; 1969, P.A. 297; P.A. 97-245, S. 1.)

History: 1963 act deleted stipulation that state hospital have security facilities before such person may be transferred to it; 1969 act replaced jails with community correctional centers. P.A. 97-245 made provisions applicable to any person “committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Correction who is confined in a correctional facility” rather than any person “committed to a community correctional center”, provided that the transfer of the person is by “the department” rather than by “the Community Correctional Center Administrator” and that the transfer is to “any hospital” rather than to “any state hospital”, deleted provision that required the superintendent of the hospital to whom the Community Correctional Center Administrator applies to admit the person to such hospital, added provision re liability of the person for hospital expenses, and procedure for payment thereof, if the person is covered by a health insurance policy, added provision re obligation of the carrier to provide benefits without regard to whether a person is committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Correction, added provision requiring the department to reimburse the hospital if the person is not covered by a health insurance policy and specifying the rate of such reimbursement, and added definition of “carrier”.

See Sec. 18-87 re transfers to other state institutions or to custody of Children and Families Commissioner.

Secs. 18-53 to 18-61. Commutation for good behavior. Liberties of community correctional centers. Prisoners on civil process. Poor debtor’s oath; proceedings; discharge. Debtor’s second application. Review on application of creditor. Furnishing of support by creditor; exception. Execution for creditor’s expenses. Escape of debtor because of defective community correctional center: Liability. Sections 18-53 to 18-61, inclusive, are repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 3042–3049, 3052; 1959, P.A. 152, S. 45–50; 158, S. 1; 1961, P.A. 517, S. 93–95; 1967, P.A. 152, S. 42; 1969, P.A. 463, S. 2; P.A. 74-183, S. 219–221, 291; P.A. 76-358, S. 4; 76-436, S. 188–190, 681; P.A. 78-280, S. 2, 127; P.A. 81-410, S. 14.)

Sec. 18-62. Sexes to be separated. Exception for cocorrectional facilities. Section 18-62 is repealed, effective July 1, 2006.

(1949 Rev., S. 3050; P.A. 91-373; P.A. 06-119, S. 4.)

Sec. 18-63. Commitment for failure to pay fine. Upon any conviction for a crime, if the convict fails to pay any fine lawfully imposed, he shall be committed to a community correctional center until such fine is paid.

(1949 Rev., S. 3051; 1963, P.A. 642, S. 17; 1969, P.A. 297.)

History: 1963 act deleted provision that sentences to jail and workhouse be interchangeable, the term “workhouse” having been abolished; 1969 act replaced jails with community correctional centers.

See Sec. 18-50 re application of credits for time served toward payment of fine.

See Sec. 54-92b re discharge of inmate from community correctional center when held for nonpayment of fine.

Cited. 31 CS 459.

Cited. 5 Conn. Cir. Ct. 229.

Sec. 18-64. Annual jail returns to Welfare Commissioner. Section 18-64 is repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 435; 1959, P.A. 152, S. 99.)