Bishop House

Bishop House for Men

Bishop House, administered by New Opportunities Inc. in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC), is a 48 bed halfway house that serves Greater Waterbury. The all-male residents there participate in a work-release program.

Potential residents of the program are referred by the DOC Community Services Division. These referrals must meet the eligibility criteria for community release as established by the DOC. The average length of stay at Bishop House is within six to eight months of discharge from sentence or release to Parole or Transitional Supervision.

The Program emphasizes work release. All participants must be able to work and pay weekly room and board. As required, contributions are also made to the State’s Victim’s Compensation Fund. In-house substance abuse monitoring is conducted routinely.

The Bishop House is committed to maintain compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and Community Confinement Standards. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties of Congress. The purpose of the Act was to provide for analysis of incidents and effects of prison rape in Federal, State and local institutions and to provide information, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape. The Act also created the National; Prison Rape Elimination Commission who developed standards for the elimination of prison rape to include Community Confinement facilities (Halfway Houses).

The Bishop House program of New Opportunities, Inc. shall maintain a zero tolerance toward all forms of sexual/assault/harassment. Any person who becomes aware of or suspects sexual assault/abuse or sexual harassment must report it immediately to the Program Manager or an higher authority. Any incident determined to be a criminal matter will be reported to law enforcement

Admission is only by DOC referral. For more information call (203) 236-9990 or email Info [at] NewOppInc [dot] org.

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