• connecticut prisons Mar 22

    Top Court Declines Appeal of Murderer Studying to be Priest

    A convicted murderer in Connecticut who says he is studying to become a Roman Catholic priest has lost his legal fight against state prison officials he accused of violating his constitutional rights by blocking his orders of used religious books and other materials. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Jan Gawlik’s appeal of a Connecticut Appellate...

  • connecticut prisons Jan 23

    Fifth Connecticut Inmate Dies This Month of COVID-19

    A Connecticut inmate has become the fifth state prisoner this month to die of COVID-19 complications, according to the Department of Correction. The inmate, who was not identified because of medical privacy laws, died Friday afternoon at a hospital where he was transferred about three weeks ago, the department said. The 57-year-old man was serving a 40-year sentence for arson…

  • connecticut prisons Jan 9

    Lawmakers: Prison Denied Entry to Responders During Gas Leak

    Federal lawmakers from Connecticut demanded answers Friday from the warden of the federal prison in Danbury after they say they learned first responders were denied access during one of two natural gas leaks within the past two months. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Rep. Jahana Hayes said they sent a letter to Warden Diane Easter asking questions and…

  • connecticut prisons Jan 4

    Families, ACLU Push to Prioritize Prisoners on Vaccine Short List

    Later this week, the state is expected to release guidelines for the next round of COVID vaccines. The CDC said postal workers, grocery store employees, and bus drivers should be on that list, along with teachers. In Connecticut, there’s also a push to prioritize prisoners. “The people in prisons are human, too,” said Marquita Nelson of Meriden. Right now,...

  • COVID-19 Jan 4

    Advocates Push to Have Prisoners Vaccinated

    Advocates, including the ACLU, are pushing the state to include prison inmates among the first groups to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • connecticut prisons Dec 22, 2020

    Another Prison Inmate Dies of COVID-19

    The Connecticut Department of Correction announced that another prison inmate has died of COVID-19. A 69-year-old man was transferred from the Agency’s MacDougall-Walker Medical Isolation Unit to an outside hospital for treatment on Nov. 26 where he later died, officials said. The man entered the correctional system in May of 2000 and was serving a 60-year sentence, suspended after 40…

  • niantic Dec 12, 2020

    Inmate Who Gave Birth in Cell Gets $250,000 in Settlement

    Connecticut officials are paying $250,000 and admitting no wrongdoing in a settlement of a lawsuit brought by a state prison inmate who gave birth on a toilet in her cell and claimed she was denied medical care, according to details of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday. Attorney General William Tong’s office provided the AP with a…

  • prisons Jun 9, 2020

    Inmate Details Prison Conditions During Pandemic

    Inmate Michael Liebowitz reached out after our NBC CT Investigates stories on how the Connecticut Department of Correction has handled the coronavirus outbreak

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