ctsc: Certificates of Employability

Certificates of Employability

Project Description

During the 2014 session, the General Assembly passed Public Act 14-27, An Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission with Respect to Certificates of Rehabilitation.  It should be noted that the Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP) and the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (CSSD) administratively changed the name of certificates of rehabilitation to certificates of employability (COE) to better reflect the intent and purposes of the process.  The Sentencing Commission agrees with the name change and will use the COE term throughout the study. 

Public Act 14-27 recognized that one or more criminal convictions affect an offender’s ability to obtain employment or the professional license required in certain occupations.  These barriers, along with financial instability, have been linked to higher recidivism rates among offenders.  Research shows that offenders who are gainfully employed are rearrested at a lower rate than those who are not employed.  The COE process passed in Public Act 14-27 was intended to provide relief from these barriers and thereby potentially reduce the rate of recidivism among offenders issued certificates of employability. 

Beginning on October 1, 2014, BPP and CSSD, which administers adult probation, are authorized to award certificates of employability to eligible offenders.  Starting January 1, 2016, the Sentencing Commission must post online BPP and CSSD data on the certificates of employability process. 

The Sentencing Commission is also responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of the certificates of employability in reducing the barriers to employment faced by offenders.  The longitudinal evaluation process begins on October 1, 2015 -- one year after the new law took effect on October 1, 2014 -- and ends on January 15, 2018.  The Commission is required to submit reports to the General Assembly on January 15 of 2016, 2017, and 2018.

 Documents & Information

{ppt}   Presentation

 Study Scope (Coming Soon)

 PA 14-27

 Interim Report  


Court Support Services Division Site

Board of Pardons & Paroles Site

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