Connecticut to Close Its Notorious Supermax Prison
Date:  02-10-2021

Prison was under heavy criticism for solitary confinement policies, including its treatment of incarcerated individuals with mental health issues
from CT News Junkie

The state officials announced that Northern Correctional Institution, the state’s only “supermax” prison, would close by July 1.

The announcement comes as good news for advocates who had been calling to close the maximum security prison or years.

“I’ve been waiting to hear those words for as long as I can remember,” said Barbara Fair, who has been advocating or an end to solitary confinement for decades after her 17-year-old son was placed in Northern CI for months in 1999. “Right now I am completely overwhelmed.”

Gov. Ned Lamont said the decision to close the facility was based on the state’s shrinking prison population and dropping crime rate. It was also based on “a major policy change in Connecticut when it comes to Northern,” said Lamont’s Chief of Staff Paul Mounds. Continue reading >>>