State v. McFarland
State v. McFarland, 36 Conn. App. 440, 651 A.2d 285 (1994), cert. denied, 232 Conn. 916, 655 A.2d 259 (1995) held that "the term release as used in General Statutes 53a-31 includes physical release from custody, whether by mistake or not, and that probation commences by operation of law on the date of the actual release from imprisonment." Id., 448.
In that case, the defendant was mistakenly released from prison prior to the completion of his term of incarceration due to a miscalculation of the time served. Under his original conviction, the McFarland defendant was to serve a period of probation after he completed his imprisonment. After his mistaken release, the defendant was arrested and charged with additional crimes. In an effort to avoid conviction for violation of probation, the defendant argued that he could not be on probation because he had not served his entire prison sentence. Id., 441-42.
On appeal, the Court held that release from custody includes not only release from prison at the time a sentence of incarceration is concluded but also physical release that may have come about as the result of a miscalculation of the time served.