Department of Correction

  • prisons May 22

    Correction Officers Detail Concerns Over Coronavirus

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

  • prison May 21

    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 21

    Coronavirus Spread, Lack of PPE Still Concern Correction Officers

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

  • prisons May 5

    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 4

    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

    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![“datawrapper-height”])for(var e in[“datawrapper-height”]){var t=document.getElementById(“datawrapper-chart-“+e)||document.querySelector(“iframe[src*=’”+e+”‘]”);t&&([“datawrapper-height”][e]+”px”)}})}(); It’s one...

  • prisons Apr 14

    Concerns Raised Over Inmates Health in CT Prisons

    Prisoner advocates are raising concerns over the state’s corrections systems preparedness to handle the pandemic.

  • prisons Apr 14

    45 Recovered COVID-19 Patients Returned to Prison Populations; 4 Staffers Return to Work

    Forty-five inmates who were being housed at the Northern Correctional Institution have been medically cleared to leave isolation, the Department of Correction announced Tuesday. Four staff members who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have also been cleared to return to work. DOC officials said the 45 offenders were in the medical isolation unit during their recovery and that healthcare staff monitored…

  • prisons Apr 9

    ‘Stressful’; CT Correction Officer Details Fight Against COVID-19 Inside Prison

    For the first time in the 19 years that Steven Wales has been a correction officer at Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center, he says he is afraid to go home to his family. “My biggest fear is giving it to them,” said Wales, of his two young children. “They did not sign up for this.” Since March 26, 19 inmates and 10…

  • prisons Apr 8

    Ill Inmates Being Transferred

    Inmates who test positive for the coronavirus will be transferred to Northern Correctional Institution.

  • Department of Correction Apr 1

    Five Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19 in Enfield

    Five Department of Correction inmates have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in Enfield.  Officials say all five individuals at the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution have been isolated and are receiving medical care from the Agency’s Healthcare staff. The entire facility has been placed on lock down in order to limit the spread of the virus. “As in the community...

  • Department of Correction Mar 28

    Third DOC Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

    A third Department of Correction employee has tested positive for the coronavirus, agency officials confirmed Friday. The employee, who works as custody staff at Hartford Correctional Center, last entered the building. DOC officials said the employee was assigned a hospital detail at Manchester Memorial Hospital on Monday, March 23 and worked second and third shifts. During the third shift on…

  • prisons Mar 23

    Department of Correction Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

    A Department of Correction employee who works at the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown has tested positive for the coronavirus, officials confirmed Monday. DOC said the employee has been self-monitoring at home since Wednesday, March 18 and last entered Garner on Tuesday, March 17. Effective Monday, anyone entering a DOC facility will be screened, including a temperature check. Anyone with…

  • coronavirus Mar 18

    Resident of New Haven Halfway House Tests Negative for COVID-19

    A resident of a Department of Correction contracted halfway house in New Haven who was admitted to Yale New Haven Hospital Wednesday with flu-like symptoms has tested negative for coronavirus. DOC officials said the staff and other residents who were told to stay at the building while awaiting test results, can return to normal. There are 59 offenders housed at…

  • coronavirus Mar 12

    Department of Correction Restricting Visitors to State Prisons

    Among other steps, the Connecticut Department of Correction has issued visitor restrictions at all of its facilities in response to the growing coronavirus crisis.  DOC officials said Thursday that while they have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any state prison, they are taking steps to safeguard against the virus. The agency is suspending all social visits starting Friday,...

  • Department of Correction Feb 28

    Department Of Correction Dismisses Employee For Embezzlement

    A woman who worked in the state Department Of Correction is now in trouble with the law herself.  Details of significant embezzlement emerged in paperwork released by state auditors. Sandra Sacco worked at York Correctional Institution For Women up until last November. The Department of Correction dismissed her from state service after it says an investigation proved she falsified...

  • Inmate death Jan 13

    Correctional Nurses Placed on Leave After Inmate Death

    Two Department of Correction nurses are on leave after an inmate treated for a head wound was taken to a local emergency room and later died. A DOC spokesperson said on Thursday at 12:59 a.m. Osborn Correctional Institute staff responded when the inmate, 36-year-old Jose Peralta, was found lying on his back on the floor of a dormitory area. Peralta…

  • Department of Correction Dec 19, 2019

    Correction Officer Given Narcan After Possible Exposure to Fentanyl at Work

    A Connecticut Department of Correction officer was given a dose of Narcan after finding a bag that had held fentanyl among an inmate’s belongings at a correctional center, according to officials from the department. Officials said it happened while processing a new inmate around 1 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Hartford Correctional Center. While the correction officers were taking…

  • Connecticut Sep 17, 2019

    Review of Connecticut Shelter Data Finds High Numbers of Ex-Convicts

    Data from the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness shows nearly 50% of people in homeless shelters in Connecticut over the past three years were also incarcerated at some point.

  • Governor Aug 6, 2019

    Cyntoia Brown Released From Prison After Celebrity Support

    Cyntoia Brown, championed by celebrities as a symbol of unfair sentencing, was released early Wednesday from the Tennessee Prison for Women, where she had been serving a life sentence for killing a man who had picked her up for sex at 16. Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and LeBron James had lobbied for Brown’s release, calling her a sex...

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