The commissioner of Connecticut’s prison system says he wants to “significantly reduce the use of in-cell restraints.”
CT’s prison population shrunk during the pandemic. Will it last?
The historic declines coincide with a demand for equity as racial disparities in the incarcerated populate have widened during COVID-19.
Writing from their prison cells, the incarcerated submit testimony about their time in solitary confinement
One man wrote from his cell at Northern that solitary confinement is a “prison system within a prison system.”
State to close only ‘supermax’ prison, Northern Correctional Institution
Northern’s dwindling population and extreme “supermax” model made it a natural choice for closure.
In confirmation hearing, nominated DOC chief says prison staff and oldest inmates will get COVID vaccines in February
But only about 45% of 4,300 staff surveyed indicated they would get the vaccine. Around 15% were undecided.
Advocates call for closure of Northern Correctional, reinvestment in community supports
The coalition says the $19 million spent annually to run the prison can help provide housing services and employment.
Amid COVID and calls for systemic change, Angel Quiros takes the lead at the DOC
A 31-year veteran of the agency, Quiros pledges to close prisons and improve technology in prisons and jails.
DOC’s latest COVID results: a 3% positive rate among inmates
The positive rate dropped six percentage points compared to the first round of mass testing
DOC will stop sending COVID-positive inmates to Northern Correctional Institution
The Department of Correction will stop sending symptomatic inmates to Northern Correctional Institution, marking a significant shift in its pandemic response.
Lamont names Angel Quiros as next DOC commissioner
A 30-year Department of Correction employee, Quiros has been interim commissioner since July 1.