Connecticut General Statutes 54-63d – Release by bail commissioner or intake, assessment and referral specialist. Information, files and reports held by Court Support Services Division
(a) Upon notification by a police officer pursuant to § 54-63c that an arrested person has not posted bail, a bail commissioner or an intake, assessment and referral specialist employed by the Judicial Branch shall promptly conduct an interview and investigation as specified in subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (a) of § 54-63b and, based upon the criteria established pursuant to subsection (b) of § 54-63b and except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the bail commissioner or intake, assessment and referral specialist shall promptly order release of such person on the first of the following conditions of release found sufficient to provide reasonable assurance of the person’s appearance in court: (1) Upon the execution of a written promise to appear without special conditions; (2) upon the execution of a written promise to appear with any of the nonfinancial conditions as specified in subsection (c) of this section; (3) upon the execution of a bond without surety in no greater amount than necessary; or (4) upon the execution of a bond with surety in no greater amount than necessary. If the person is unable to meet the conditions of release ordered by the bail commissioner or intake, assessment and referral specialist, the bail commissioner or intake, assessment and referral specialist shall so inform the court in a report prepared pursuant to subdivision (4) of subsection (a) of § 54-63b.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 54-63d
- another: may extend and be applied to communities, companies, corporations, public or private, limited liability companies, societies and associations. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
- Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
- Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
- Probation officers: Screen applicants for pretrial release and monitor convicted offenders released under court supervision.
- Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
- Testify: Answer questions in court.
(b) No person shall be released upon the execution of a written promise to appear or the execution of a bond without surety if the person is charged with the commission of a family violence crime, as defined in § 46b-38a, and in the commission of such crime the person used or threatened the use of a firearm.
(c) In addition to or in conjunction with any of the conditions enumerated in subdivisions (1) to (4), inclusive, of subsection (a) of this section, the bail commissioner or intake, assessment and referral specialist may impose nonfinancial conditions of release, which may require that the arrested person do any of the following: (1) Remain under the supervision of a designated person or organization; (2) comply with specified restrictions on the person’s travel, association or place of abode; (3) not engage in specified activities, including the use or possession of a dangerous weapon, or the unlawful use or possession of an intoxicant or controlled substance; (4) not use classes of intoxicants or controlled substances, if such bail commissioner makes a finding that use of such classes of intoxicants or controlled substances would pose a danger to the arrested person or to the public and includes individualized reasons supporting such finding. Such finding shall not consider any prior arrests or convictions for use or possession of cannabis; (5) avoid all contact with an alleged victim of the crime and with a potential witness who may testify concerning the offense; or (6) satisfy any other condition that is reasonably necessary to ensure the appearance of the person in court. Any of the conditions imposed under subsection (a) of this section and this subsection by the bail commissioner or intake, assessment and referral specialist shall be effective until the appearance of such person in court.
(d) The police department shall promptly comply with the order of release of the bail commissioner or intake, assessment and referral specialist, except that if the department objects to the order or any of its conditions, the department shall promptly so advise a state’s attorney or assistant state’s attorney, the bail commissioner or intake, assessment and referral specialist and the arrested person. The state’s attorney or assistant state’s attorney may authorize the police department to delay release, until a hearing can be had before the court then sitting for the geographical area which includes the municipality in which the arrested person is being detained or, if the court is not then sitting, until the next sitting of said court. When cash bail in excess of ten thousand dollars is received for a detained person accused of a felony, where the underlying facts and circumstances of the felony involve the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person, the police department shall prepare a report that contains (1) the name, address and taxpayer identification number of the accused person, (2) the name, address and taxpayer identification number of each person offering the cash bail, other than a person licensed as a professional bondsman under chapter 533 or a surety bail bond agent under chapter 700f, (3) the amount of cash received, and (4) the date the cash was received. Not later than fifteen days after receipt of such cash bail, the police department shall file the report with the Department of Revenue Services and mail a copy of the report to the state’s attorney for the judicial district in which the alleged offense was committed and to each person offering the cash bail.
(e) Except as provided in subsections (f) and (g) of this section, all information provided to the Court Support Services Division shall be for the sole purpose of determining and recommending the conditions of release, and shall otherwise be confidential and retained in the files of the Court Support Services Division, and not be subject to subpoena or other court process for use in any other proceeding or for any other purpose.
(f) The Court Support Services Division shall establish written procedures for the release of information contained in reports and files of the Court Support Services Division, such procedures to be approved by the executive committee of the judges of the Superior Court. Such procedures shall allow access to (1) nonidentifying information by qualified persons for purposes of research related to the administration of criminal justice; (2) all information provided to the Court Support Services Division by probation officers for the purposes of compiling presentence reports; and (3) all information provided to the Court Support Services Division concerning any person convicted of a crime and held in custody by the Department of Correction.
(g) Any files and reports held by the Court Support Services Division may be accessed and disclosed by employees of the division in accordance with policies and procedures adopted by the Chief Court Administrator.