• Rikers Island Sep 16, 2021

    ‘Life-Threatening and Unconscionable': NYC Leaders Call on State to Fix Rikers Situation

    The list of issues at Rikers is long and jaw-dropping — violence, trash piled up, human waste coating the floors, and at the top of the list: staffing

  • Waterbury Jun 10, 2021

    Parole Officer Accidentally Shoots Self in Leg in Waterbury: DOC

    A parole officer accidentally shot them self during training at a gun range in Waterbury, according to a Department of Correction spokesperson. The spokesperson said a DOC parole and community services officer sustained a leg injury after an “apparent inadvertent discharge of their weapon.” Parole staff members and firearms instructions at the scene helped the injured officer. The parole officer…

  • Department of Correction May 26, 2021

    Connecticut Fires Prison Guard Over Anti-Muslim Meme

    Connecticut’s prison system has fired a guard after an Islamic group complained about an anti-Muslim meme he posted on social media years ago. In a termination letter dated Tuesday and obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, Garner Correctional Institution warden Amoda Hannah told Officer Anthony Marlak that his use of social media had “undermined the...

  • Department of Correction Mar 11, 2021

    Murder Suspect Accidentally Released From Jail, NYPD Says

    The New York City Department of Correction appears to have accidentally released a murder suspect awaiting trial, and the NYPD says they’re actively searching for him.

  • coronavirus pandemic Dec 22, 2020

    Second Prison Inmate Dies of COVID-19 in Span of Two Days

    The Connecticut Department of Correction announced that a second inmate died of COVID-related complications in the span of two days. Officials said a 69-year-old man was transferred from the Agency’s MacDougall-Walker Medical Isolation Unit to an outside hospital for treatment on Dec. 15 where he later died. The man last entered the correctional system in October of 2015 and was…

  • coronavirus in prisons Dec 18, 2020

    Another Prison Inmate Dies of COVID-19

    The Department of Corrections announced another inmate death because of COVID-19 complications. The DOC said a 47-year-old man was transferred to an outside hospital for treatment on Nov. 28, where he later died. The man was serving a two and a half year sentence for sale of hallucinogen/narcotic substances as well as assault of a public safety, emergency medical, public…

  • Department of Correction Nov 22, 2020

    Phone System Back Up and Running in Connecticut Prisons: DOC

    The Connecticut Department of Corrections is reporting that their phone system is back up and running after it was down on Saturday. The phone system was down for the incarcerated population into Sunday afternoon. It is unclear what caused the issue at this time. The DOC said they apologize for the disruption. No additional information was immediately available.

  • coronavirus in connecticut Oct 13, 2020

    Dozens Test Positive for COVID-19 at Hartford Correctional Center

    Dozens of inmates at Hartford Correctional Center have tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Correction confirmed Tuesday. DOC officials said the situation began when two employees reported testing positive for COVID-19. Testing found 56 inmates in the unit where the employees work tested positive for the virus, though none of those 56 were reporting symptoms, officials said. The 56…

  • prisons Jun 29, 2020

    DOC Releases Results of Mass Testing

    The Connecticut Department of Correction has released results of its COVID-19 mass testing efforts, revealing a positive test percentage of 9%. In May the DOC began testing as many of its prisoners and staff. Out of the 9,504 prisoners tested across the system, 832 were positive. Officials said all but two tested as part of the mass testing effort were…

  • Department of Correction Jun 12, 2020

    Rollin Cook Leaves Position as Correction Commissioner in Conn.

    Governor Ned Lamont announced that Department of Correction Commissioner Rollin Cook will be leaving his position with the State of Connecticut. Cook joined Lamont’s administration when he took office in Jan. 2019. Before that, Cook served as executive director of the Department of Corrections in Utah. Cook said that his decision to leave the agency was based solely for personal…

  • prisons Jun 9, 2020

    Connecticut Inmate Speaks Out On Coronavirus in Prison

    “What they’re doing is ridiculous, illogical, and arbitrary.” Inmate Michael Liebowitz leveled that criticism toward the Connecticut Department of Correction’s response to the novel coronavirus. He called NBC Connecticut Investigates after watching our series of stories on an exclusive survey of 300 plus correction officers on how the DOC has handled the pandemic. So far seven inmates have died...

  • 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

  • coronavirus in connecticut Mar 29, 2021

    Settlement Reached in Federal Lawsuit About Conditions in Conn. Prisons During COVID-19

    A settlement was reached in a federal lawsuit between the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and the state which would take measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in prisons. Two lawsuits were filed since the emergence of coronavirus: one federal and one state. If approved, the settlement reached on Sunday in the federal McPherson v. Lamont case will…

  • Department of Correction May 27, 2020

    Seventh Conn. Inmate Dies From Covid-19

    A 60-year-old male is the seventh inmate to pass away from COVID-19 related complications under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Correction.  “The deceased individual was transferred from the Osborn Correctional Institution to the UConn Health Center for treatment on April 30, 2020,” said a DOC spokesperson. “He succumbed to his illness on Tuesday.” He last entered the Connecticut correctional…

  • prisons May 22, 2020

    Correction Officers Detail Concerns Over Coronavirus

    More than 300 corrections officers answered our exclusive survey about their concerns over coronavirus and its risks.

  • prisons May 21, 2020

    Coronavirus Spread, Lack of PPE Still Concern Correction Officers

    NBC Connecticut Investigates is sharing some results from an exclusive survey.

  • prison May 21, 2020

    Coronavirus Spread, Lack of PPE Still Concern Correction Officers

    The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on the state prison system. In one facility so far, a third of the inmates tested positive for coronavirus, but were asymptomatic, as the Department of Correction starts widespread testing.  At least 369 staff members, agency-wide, have also tested positive.  The agency said more than 300 of those have returned to work. NBC…

  • prisons May 5, 2020

    Sixth Connecticut Prisoner Dies of COVID-19: Department of Correction

    A 74-year-old man in the Connecticut Department of Correction system has died from complications due to the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday. Officials said the man was a prisoner at Osborn Correctional Institution. He was taken to a hospital for treatment on April 23, and died Tuesday. The man was serving a 13-year sentence for first-degree sexual assault with a victim…

  • prisons May 5, 2020

    2 CT Prisoners Die Due to COVID-19 on Same Day

    Two Department of Correction prisoners died Monday due to complications from COVID-19, the department confirmed. These mark the fourth and fifth deaths of prisoners in the state system. The first was a 60-year-old man who was receiving treatment at UConn Health Center after testing positive for the virus, officials said. He was taken to the hospital on April 20 and…

  • prisons Apr 15, 2020

    Coronavirus Concerns Persist in CT Prisons

    Calls have continued for the Connecticut Department of Correction to release lower-risk inmates early because of the threat posed by coronavirus.   On April 12 the agency announced its first inmate death connected to the pandemic. DOC data has shown an exponential increase in confirmed coronavirus cases inside Connecticut prisons. !function(){“use strict”;window.addEventListener(“message”,function(a){if(void 0!==a.data[“datawrapper-height”])for(var e in a.data[“datawrapper-height”]){var t=document.getElementById(“datawrapper-chart-“+e)||document.querySelector(“iframe[src*=’”+e+”‘]”);t&&(t.style.height=a.data[“datawrapper-height”][e]+”px”)}})}(); It’s one...

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