In the Office of Correction Ombuds this class is accountable for directing an office responsible for exercising independent oversight over the Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC) in order to secure and ensure the rights of persons in the custody of the DOC.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs staff and operations of the office;
Develops a budget for the office within appropriations provided by the Connecticut General Assembly;
Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
Monitors and examines conditions of confinement within facilities operated by the Department of Correction and prepares reports as necessary to advance the wellbeing of those in custody;
Conducts scheduled and unscheduled inspections of Department of Correction facilities to examine and document conditions and services;
Reviews and evaluates regulations, policies, and procedures implemented by Department of Correction and individual facilities;
Investigates complaints and reports findings and recommendations;
Creates and maintains a public website summarizing the activities of the office;
Acts as an independent and confidential resource for incarcerated persons, their families, and Department of Correction staff, to resolve concerns and complaints;
Educates the Office of the Governor, legislature, other government agencies, and the public through periodic reports, recommendations, proposed legislative or regulatory reforms, and other communications;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
and ability to apply management principles and practices;
and ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
issues related to services and supports of individuals who are incarcerated and/or on parole and their families;
oral and written communication skills;
Ability to use computers.
The Ombudsperson shall be a resident of the State with expertise and experience in the fields of correction and advocacy for the rights of individuals under the care and supervision of the Department of Correction and/or Board of Pardons and Parole.
Appointed by the Governor with the approval of the General Assembly for a term of two years, not including any time served as acting ombudsperson, in accordance with the provisions of Public Act No. 22-18.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(1)-Officials and Administrators
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Ombudsperson – Correction in Salary Group EX 03 approved effective May 23, 2023. (Revised to modify content) Final No. 23-153