Commissioner Rollin Cook

Commissioner Rollin Cook

Welcome to the Connecticut Department of Correction website. Our Department has roots that date back to before 1773.  In 1968 all of the county jails and state prisons in Connecticut were unified under one state department of corrections. Through the next 30, years the Department needed to respond to an almost tripling of the inmate population. The Department's responsibility now extends to the reentry of offenders, supervising their return to the community. While our primary mission is to provide safety to the community, our staff and inmates, the Department also provides special assistance to Homeland Security, the State Police, the Department of Transportation and other state departments during emergencies and times of statewide need. The Connecticut Department of Correction is made up of over 5,836 men and women dedicated to providing public safety to the citizens of the State of Connecticut. It is an honor to represent this Department.

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Connecticut Personal Data Act

To be assured that you have accessed the most current version of this statute, please consult the Personal Data Act on the Connecticut General Assembly website. 

Sec. 4-193. Agency's duties re personal data. Each agency shall:

(a) Inform each of its employees who operates or maintains a personal data system or who has access to personal data, of the provisions of (1) this chapter, (2) the agency's regulations adopted pursuant to section 4-196, (3) the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200, and (4) any other state or federal statute or regulation concerning maintenance or disclosure of personal data kept by the agency;

(b) Take reasonable precautions to protect personal data from the dangers of fire, theft, flood, natural disaster or other physical threats;

(c) Keep a complete record, concerning each person, of every individual, agency or organization who has obtained access to or to whom disclosure has been made of personal data and the reason for each such disclosure or access; and maintain such record for not less than five years from the date of obtaining such access or disclosure or maintain such record for the life of the record, whichever is longer;

(d) Make available to a person, upon written request, the record kept under subsection (c) of this section;

(e) Maintain only that information about a person which is relevant and necessary to accomplish the lawful purposes of the agency;

(f) Inform an individual in writing, upon written request, whether the agency maintains personal data concerning him;

(g) Except as otherwise provided in section 4-194, disclose to a person, upon written request, on a form understandable to such person, all personal data concerning him which is maintained by the agency. If disclosure of personal data is made under this subsection, the agency shall not disclose any personal data concerning persons other than the requesting person;

(h) Establish procedures which:

(1) Allow a person to contest the accuracy, completeness or relevancy of his personal data;

(2) Allow personal data to be corrected upon request of a person when the agency concurs in the proposed correction;

(3) Allow a person who believes that the agency maintains inaccurate or incomplete personal data concerning him to add a statement to the record setting forth what he believes to be an accurate or complete version of that personal data. Such a statement shall become a permanent part of the agency's personal data system, and shall be disclosed to any individual, agency or organization to which the disputed personal data is disclosed.