Connecticut Correctional Infrastructure Shrinks

NIANTIC, Conn. — The Niantic Annex, a facility of the Connecticut Department of Corrections system, closed on Friday, Jan. 8. The annex was part of the more than 100-year-old Janet S. York Correctional Institution in Niantic, the state’s sole female-only prison. Prior to closing, the Niantic Annex once held just less than 600 male inmates, but at its closure housed less than 50.

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U.S. Sees First Decrease in Prison Population in Nearly 40 Years

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. prison population has dropped for the first time in nearly 40 years.

According to the most recent government data, the number of inmates is down 1.3 percent, to about 7 million offenders behind bars. Much of the decline, officials say, is due to a well-informed group of policymakers.

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