State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $4 million* in state and local funds to Connecticut.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $1,890,018
Justice Assistance Grant Program—15 Local Awards $1,028,161
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $1,635,734

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Connecticut Office of Policy and Management 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Program $1,890,018

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Bridgeport 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Tactical, Forensic, and Traffic Calming Equipment Purchase $201,830
City of Danbury 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG Traffic and Security Upgrades $16,998
City of Hartford 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Hartford JAG Program $214,895
City of Meriden 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Meriden Police Department Neighborhood Stabilization and Crime Prevention Projects $22,285
City of New Britain 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Partnerships With the Community to Reduce Violence $41,642
City of New Haven 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Positive Developments in Community Policing and Public Safety $246,007
City of Norwalk 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Police High Visibility and Selective Enforcement Patrol Project $41,249
City of Norwich 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Technology Upgrades and Replacements of the Outdated Patrol Fleet Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) $16,430
City of Stamford 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Stamford Crime Prevention Program $47,628
City of Waterbury 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Crime Prevention and Special Initiatives for a Better Life in Our City $46,012
City of West Haven 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 West Haven Police Department Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) and Computer Purchase and Installation $43,346
Town of East Hartford 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 East Hartford Police Department 2014 JAG Equipment Purchase $24,164
Town of Hamden 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Crime Prevention and Officer Safety Enhancement Program $31,942
Town of Manchester 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $16,167
Town of Stratford 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Stratford Police Department 2014 JAG Project—Special Operations Team $17,566

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of New Haven 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 City of New Haven FY 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Planning and Implementation $1,000,000
Connecticut Office of Policy and Management 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) JAG Reallocation Grant $69,335
Connecticut Office of Policy and Management 08/01/2012 – 07/31/2015 2014 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Reallocation Program $138,671
Connecticut Office of Policy and Management 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment $95,409
Justice Education Center, Inc. 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 District of Connecticut FY 2014 Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative $300,000
Office of Higher Education 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Connecticut FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $32,319

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 102

Sworn Officers: 8,517

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 62% of the 102 law enforcement agencies in Connecticut have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 63% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Detail may sum to more than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 1 officer was feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 4 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 678 officers were assaulted (1.36% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Connecticut:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 10,160 9,440 -7.1
Murder and Manslaughter 146 86 -41.1
Forcible Rape* 919 1,623 N/A
Robbery 3,687 3,530 -4.3
Aggravated Assault 5,408 4,869 -10.0
Property Crime 76,834 70,990 -7.6
Burglary 14,711 12,892 -12.4
Larceny-Theft 55,674 51,876 -6.8
Motor Vehicle Theft 6,449 6,222 -3.5
*Agencies within this state submitted rape data according to both the revised UCR definition of rape and the legacy UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (95,685) decreased 13.16% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 19.74% (3,562), and property-related arrests decreased 5.79% (15,338).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Appellate Court
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court


Prisoner Admissions: 5,492
Prisoner Releases: 5,177
Total Prisoners: 17,563

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 19

Source: Connecticut Department of Correction

Recidivism Rate*: 54.3%

Source: Connecticut Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division
*Recidivism rate reflects the percentage of offenders who were released or discharged from custody and returned to prison within 36 months of their release.

Top Offenses: Violation of probation, sale of narcotics, robbery first degree (FY 2013)

Source: Connecticut Department of Correction

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), a RISS Center, serves Connecticut. There are 112 Connecticut criminal justice agencies that are members of NESPIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

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In Connecticut, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Public defender juvenile case management information system to transform the manual process into an electronic system for storing case data, tracking case disposition and outcome data, managing schedules, routing communications, and generating reports. JAG funds also created social worker positions within the public defender agency to assist defendants involved in domestic violence cases. The social workers coordinate services with other providers to ensure that the defendants complete the court-mandated intervention programs and to reduce risk of future repeated offenses.

  • Monthly Prison Population and Community Supervision Reports, which are used to monitor trends in the release of the incarcerated population to community supervision, with an emphasis on parole and halfway houses, and which are then evaluated annually.

  • Court cases and investigations have been expedited by enabling local police to install audio-video recording technology in their interrogation rooms to ensure that interviews are conducted according to specific standards. Byrne JAG funding has also been used to hire personnel for the state’s forensic laboratory to reduce a backlog in testing DNA evidence.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division, Office of Policy and Management Ben Barnes, Secretary

Connecticut At-A-Glance

Total Population: 3,596,080
Population Under 18: 785,566
Population Over 65: 545,671

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Dora B. Schriro, Commissioner

Local Governments: 643
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 2
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Deirdre M. Daly—District of Connecticut, New Haven Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security William Hackett, State Emergency Management Director

Drug Courts: 5
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center