Francis J. Carino,
Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney
300 Corporate Place, Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Voice Pager: 860-490-0647 (24 hrs.)
In 1979 he was appointed as the State’s first full time prosecutor assigned to handle juvenile matters and served as the State’s Chief Juvenile Prosecutor from 1979 through 1996. In that role, he:
In 1996, the statewide unit of juvenile prosecutors was moved from the Judicial Branch to the Executive Branch and into the Division of Criminal Justice. The responsibility to supervise the juvenile prosecutors was then given to the local State’s Attorneys that also supervised the adult court prosecutors. Attorney Carino’s role became that of advising the Chief State’s Attorney on all juvenile matters and continuing to provide support, guidance and training to prosecutors, probation officers, judges, attorneys and the police.
He is well known as an advocate for Juvenile Review Boards, appearing with members of the Connecticut Youth Services Association as they assist local youth service bureaus and police departments establish JRB diversion programs around the State. He has also been a member of the JRB programs of the Rocky Hill and the Andover, Hebron and Marlborough (AHM) Youth Service Bureaus since their inception. He currently chairs the AHM JRB and the Connecticut Juvenile Training School's Advisory Board.
Attorney Carino has also taught an online course on “Juvenile Justice Issues for Police Officers” for the University of Connecticut and is also POST certified to teach police for the Spector Criminal Justice Training Network, the Law Enforcement Council of Eastern Connecticut and the South Central Criminal Justice Administration. In 2014 he created the Connecticut Juvenile Law website, at www.francarino.com, so the police, school officials, probation officers, students and the general public can access up to date information about the Connecticut juvenile justice system.
He has received numerous awards for his work in the field of juvenile justice including the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division of Criminal Justice and is primarily responsible for writing the Connecticut version of the "Play by the Rules" book used in many schools and the Juvenile Law section of the Red Book field manual used by most police officers. He is also responsible for the Connecticut adaptation of the Texas "Before You Text" curriculum used by Juvenile Review Boards, probation officers and parents to inform students about the dangers of sexting.
In 2015 he established the Francis J. Carino Juvenile Justice Scholarship in conjunction with the Connecticut Criminal Justice Educational and Charitable Association, a nonprofit corporation formed exclusively for the promotion of education and benevolence through various charitable endeavors. The scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving college or law student who intends to pursue a career in juvenile justice.