Sunday, April 22, 2012

Connecticut on pace to close third prison

After closing two prisons in 2011, Connecticut's Governor Dannel P. Malloy is on pace to close a third in the coming fiscal year, running ahead of projections in his ongoing effort to downsize Connecticut's inmate population, according to the Connecticut Mirror.

The risk-reduction credits, a new home confinement program, a major policy change involving juveniles and a wide array of re-entry services helped the system reach another population benchmark this month.

The administration's Criminal Justice Policy Planning Division reported an average inmate population of 16,973 during the first week in April, under the 17,000-inmate barrier for the first time since 1999.
Connecticut's inmate population already had reached its lowest mark in 13 years in January. But administration projections didn't call for the prisoner population to fall below 17,000 until January 2013, reported the Mirror.

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