Governor Lamont Announces Plans To Close Northern Correctional Institution Due To Declining Crime Rate and Prison Population
HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Department of Correction plans to close Northern Correctional Institution by July 1, 2021.
The decision to close the facility is largely attributed to the significant drop in the state’s incarcerated population, which decreased by approximately 3,300 over the last ten months. Currently, there are 65 people housed at Northern. The facility’s population has not been above 100 since July 10, 2020. At its peak, its population was 510 in 2003.
Closing the facility will save the state approximately $12.6 million in annual operating costs.
“New prison admissions in Connecticut have declined significantly over the last decade, and the incarcerated population is currently at a 32-year low. This is even as violent, high-risk inmates are serving more of their original sentences than ever before,” Governor Lamont said. “Spending millions of dollars annually to operate facilities for a population that continues to get smaller and smaller is not a good use of resources, especially as we work to reduce the cost structure of state government. I applaud the ongoing work of all the correctional professionals at the Department of Correction, who keep our facilities safe and secure.”
Northern is staffed by about 175 correctional professionals, consisting of a variety of job duties.