The Department of Correction announced Monday it is conducting an internal investigation into the death of a 36-year-old inmate at Osborn Correctional Institution on Jan. 9.

DOC placed two correctional nurses on administrative leave the next day.

According to a news release, prison staff found Jose Peralta, of Waterbury, lying on his back on a dormitory floor in the Somers prison around 1 a.m. Peralta, who was sentenced to prison on assault and burglary charges, had suffered a contusion on the back of his head after a fall.

Officials took Peralta, who was conscious at the time, to the onsite infirmary for treatment. His condition worsened. Staff performed lifesaving measures before he was taken to a local emergency room via ambulance.  He was pronounced dead at 2:50 a.m.

A department spokeswoman refused Monday to provide any further information about how or where Peralta fell, stating that the incident is under internal investigation.

This is the second inmate death since July at Osborn, one of the state’s oldest and largest prisons with the capacity to hold 1,900 inmates.

Kelan is a Report For America Corps Member who covers the intersection of mental health and criminal justice for CT Mirror. Before joining CT Mirror, Kelan was a staff writer for City Weekly, an alt weekly in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a courts reporter for The Bryan-College Station Eagle, in Texas. He is originally from Philadelphia.

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  1. I am wondering if Mr. Peralta was a father. When a parent goes to prison, it is a child’s greatest fear that the parent will die while away. Regardless of whether this young man had his own children, he has a family and I wish them well through this devastating time.

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