Governor Lamont announces the closure of the northern correctional facility
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that as of this morning, the Connecticut Corrections Department has officially closed the Northern Correctional Facility, about three weeks ahead of the agency’s original target to close the establishment by July 1.
Governor Lamont announced plans to close the correctional facility earlier this year, in large part due to the significant decline in the state’s prison population, which has declined by about 3,400 over the past 15 month. The state’s total incarcerated population in all institutions currently stands at around 9,000, which is significantly down from an all-time high of 19,894 in February 2008.
The Northern Correctional Facility is located in Somers and opened in 1995. Over the past year, the facility’s population has not exceeded 100. Its record population was 510 in January 2003.
All of the people who were most recently incarcerated at Northern have been transferred to other maximum security facilities statewide, with the last of those transferred on Monday. Its closure will save the state approximately $ 11.75 million in annual operating costs.
“New Connecticut prison admissions have declined dramatically over the past decade and the incarcerated population is currently at its lowest in 32 years,” Governor Lamont said. “It is even then that violent and high-risk inmates are serving their initial sentences more than ever. Spending millions of dollars each year to operate facilities for an increasingly small population is not a good use of resources, especially as we are working to reduce the cost structure of state government. I applaud the continued work of all correctional professionals in the Department of Correction, who keep our facilities safe. “
“I must once again pay tribute to the staff of the Corrections Department, this time for the professional manner in which they have systematically closed the North Institution,” he said. Correctional Commissioner Angel Quiros said. “There were a lot of moving parts that needed to be coordinated, and they were able to do so – during a pandemic – without negatively affecting the safety of the incarcerated population, their colleagues, or the general public.”
At the time Governor Lamont announced his intention to close the facility, it had approximately 175 correctional professionals. There were no layoffs associated with its closure. The Corrections Department worked closely with staff members and their union representatives to redeploy them to other nearby facilities.