- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - As the number of inmates declines, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing to shut a Connecticut prison.

The Republican-American reports (https://bit.ly/1E0NjWv ) that the inmate count hit a 10-year low of 16,167 this year and the Malloy administration says it could fall to 15,686 next by Jan. 1, the lowest since September 1997.

In the summer of 2013, approximately 800 inmates had to sleep in gymnasiums, dining halls and day rooms in some prisons because of the crowded conditions.

Crime and statewide criminal arrests are down and prison admissions also have dropped, including pretrial jail admissions.

In addition, criminal justice analysts at the Office of Policy and Management say recidivism rates are gradually edging down.



Malloy assumed savings of $24.3 million in his proposed two-year, $40 billion budget plan based on a declining prison population.

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Information from: Republican-American, https://www.rep-am.com

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