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Offbeat Connecticut’s prison population drops to lowest level in 24 years

18:56  07 may  2018
18:56  07 may  2018 Source:   ctpost.com

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Connecticut has made efforts to reduce the state' s prison population as well as reduce overall crime, which have In that year , the total supervised inmates, according to the Connecticut Department of Correction It concluded in 2012, “The current prison population is at its lowest level in a decade.

- Choose - Prison Population Total Prison Population Rate Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners Female prisoners (percentage of prison population ) Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population ) Occupancy level (based on official capacity).

a group of people standing in front of a building: A view of the Bridgeport Correctional Center located on North Avenue in Bridgeport, Conn., on Friday July 10, 2015. The BCC is a high-security facility which houses about 950 inmates. Due to a decline in the prison population, the Connecticut Department of Correction with be closing down the center's Fairmont Unit.© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc A view of the Bridgeport Correctional Center located on North Avenue in Bridgeport, Conn., on Friday July 10, 2015. The BCC is a high-security facility which houses about 950 inmates. Due to a decline in the prison population, the Connecticut Department of Correction with be closing down the center's Fairmont Unit. HARTFORD — The state’s prison population has reached its lowest level since 1994, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Sunday.

The number of inmates has dropped to 13,500, which is a year-over-year decline of 1,000 inmates.

Connecticut also reports the lowest crime rates in more than 50 years and the largest reduction in violent crime of any state over the last four years, according to a release from Malloy.

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The prison population in the United States has dropped to its lowest level in a decade and a half -- but it is still the highest in the world. According to CBS News, by the end of 2015, one in every 37 Americans were under some sort of correctional supervision. The prison population shrunk by two

The prison population declined in 31 states last year , bringing the number of people in state custody down to about 1.3 million. Researchers credit sentencing reductions and other criminal justice changes at the state and federal levels for the decline. In recent years many state legislators have

“Today marks yet another milestone day in Connecticut’s fight to reduce crime by adopting best practices regarding juveniles and young adults and creating real second chances for motivated individuals in the criminal justice system,” Governor Malloy said.

The number of crimes in the state has dropped 26 percent compared to 2008, while statewide arrests have dropped 29 percent compared to 2008 and 10 percent since last year.

a group of people sitting at a table in a room: Play rehearsal of the Garner Players theater program at the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown, on Thursday night, October 19, 2017, in Newtown, Conn.© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Play rehearsal of the Garner Players theater program at the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown, on Thursday night, October 19, 2017, in Newtown, Conn. Officials expect the prison population to drop by 726 inmates, or 5.25 percent, over the next year. Recidivism rates are also decreasing.

The all-time high inmate population was on Feb. 1, 2008 when it reached 19,893, but Malloy said the state has implemented reforms to bring this number down.

“Generations of mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters were locked away and introduced to a life of crime instead of being offered a chance to right their wrongs and become productive members of their communities,” he said in the release. “The reforms we’ve instituted in Connecticut are changing lives for the better - and we have the results to prove it. I look forward to seeing our state continue to lead the nation in criminal justice reform, for the sake of our families, our communities, and our safety.”

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