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Tasha Hunt

Tasha Hunt

Legislative Council At-Large

 

Ms. Tasha M. Hunt is the Director of Juvenile Probation for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division. She began her career with the Judicial Branch 26 years ago as a Juvenile Probation Officer and rose through the ranks to become the Director of Juvenile Probation.

Ms. Hunt is responsible for the management and operations of the eleven Juvenile Probation offices across Connecticut. She is committed to integrating evidence-based practices in probation offices to improve outcomes for court-involved youth. Ms. Hunt has played an integral role in Connecticut’s reform of the juvenile justice system, which has led to progressive change and the state acquiring recognition as a national model.

In addition to managing Juvenile Probation, Ms. Hunt serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Interstate Commission for Juveniles, the national governing body of the Interstate Compact for Juveniles, which is responsible for the supervision and transfer of juveniles on probation and parole who move across state lines or run away to another state. Ms. Hunt also serves as Connecticut’s Commissioner of the Interstate Compact for Juveniles.

Ms. Hunt has served on several statewide committees and task forces. Currently, she represents the Judicial Branch on the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Incarceration Workgroup, Improving Outcomes for Youth Subcommittee, Governor’s Task Force on Justice for Abused Children, and local initiatives focused on youth homelessness and addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.

Ms. Hunt has been recognized for her personal and professional contributions. She won the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s “Public Service Award”; was named among the “Zeta 100,” a unique collective of members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, spanning professions and chosen for their career accomplishments, leadership, and dedication to their fields; the “Distinguished Service and Outstanding Leadership Award” from Oriental Lodge #6 Free & Accepted Masons Prince Hall, and she was recently awarded the Diane Randall Leadership Award for her leadership and innovative methods of tackling homelessness for minors experiencing housing instability.

Ms. Hunt earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and a Master of Science Degree in Education from Southern Connecticut State University where she also became a member and chartered undergraduate and graduate chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She continues to serve the community as an Ambassador for the Lupus Foundation of America. Ms. Hunt is also an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences where she teaches juvenile justice and was recently appointed to the Connecticut State Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board.