Who’s sitting in pretrial detention in Connecticut

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The most common reason for men and women to be in Connecticut jails before trial? Probation violations.

The state’s Department of Correction recently released near real-time data on individuals in prison awaiting trial. It’s updated nightly and tracks details such as offense, race, age, and facility.

The data will eventually be able to tell us how long some inmates stay in jail without posting bail compared to others. For now, it can provide a snapshot on who currently is awaiting their turn in the justice system and for what reasons.

It should be noted the following analysis is based on just a couple of weeks of data, but it illustrates the kind of insights that may be possible in the future. Trend CT will revisit this topic as more data makes these analyses more meaningful.

On average, there are about 3,500 people in Connecticut’s jails or clinics awaiting trial. Between July 1, when the data started being collected, and yesterday, more than 500 suspects entered and exited Connecticut’s jails.

How long accused pretrial inmates stay in jail in Connecticut
Based on suspects who entered after July 1 and left before July 18.
Days in jail Black Hispanic White
1 14% 16% 25%
2 13% 14% 6%
3 15% 18% 11%
4 13% 16% 4%
5 8% 15% 11%
6 7% 12% 13%
7 11% 7% 4%
8 9% 0% 26%
10 11% 0% 0%
Department of Corrections

Based on this small sample, the average number of nights spent in jail for both white and black inmates was five days. The average stay for Hispanic inmates was four days.

White females made up the majority (49 percent) of women awaiting trial, followed by black women (27 percent) and Hispanic women (21 percent).

Women made up about 10 percent of all inmates awaiting trial.

Black males made up the highest proportion of men in jail awaiting trial (41 percent), followed by whites (32 percent) and Hispanics (26 percent).

Men and women tended to find themselves facing different types of charges.

Most common offenses accused pretrial inmates face
Based on rolling average of charges per day.
Rank Male Female
1 Violation Of Probation Or Cond Dischg (363) Violation Of Probation Or Cond Dischg (63)
2 Assault (258) Failure To Appear (38)
3 Robbery (192) Assault (23)
4 Burglary (164) Larceny (23)
5 Larceny (164) Criminal Violation of Protective Order (22)
6 Criminal Violation of Protective Order (134) Injury Or Risk Of Injury To Minor (19)
7 Sexual Assault (133) Burglary (18)
8 Injury Or Risk Of Injury To Minor (118) Robbery (17)
9 Sale Of Narc/Amphet By Non-Dependent (94) Assault On Police or Fire Officer (13)
10 Murder (89) Conspiracy (8)
Department of Corrections

While both men and women were most often in jail before trial for violating probation, the next-most common offense for women was failing to appear in court. For men, it was assault.

Among the 10 most-common charges for men that didn’t make the top 1o for women are: Sexual assault, sale of narcotics, and murder.

By contrast, assault on an officer and conspiracy are two charges that are among the most common for women but not among those for men.

Among male suspects awaiting trial, there’s a higher percentage facing charges for violating probation (43 percent), burglary (44 percent), larceny (43 percent), and possession of narcotics (38 percent), among others.

After more time passes, we can investigate the disparities in average bond amount for accused pre-trial inmates.

Check our work: The GitHub repository containing our work is available here. We encourage you to look over our calculations and expand upon our analysis.

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