State closing section of prison, cites declining crime rate

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state is closing a portion of the Corrigan-Radgowski prison in Montville, citing lower crime rates and a drop in the prison population.

montville prison closing 5 State closing section of prison, cites declining crime rateDemocratic Governor Dannel Malloy made the announcement at the prison Wednesday, saying the move to close the Radgowski annex will save the state about $3 million a year in operating costs.

“By working with at-risk youth, reforming sentencing laws, improving prison programming, and working with employers to expand post incarceration employment opportunities we are seeing not only our prison population drop but our crime rate drop as well,” said Governor Malloy.

He says the state’s crime rate is the lowest since 1967 and that’s reflected in a prison population which is now the lowest in 20 years allowing the state to shut down the 1957 facility.montville prison closing 1 State closing section of prison, cites declining crime rate

“Over the past three years Connecticut has witnessed the largest drop in violent crime of any state in the nation by more than a third,” added Gov. Malloy.

“Well as long as crime is down that’s the main thing,” said one Montville resident who wanted to be identified only as Carolyn.

montville prison closing 2 State closing section of prison, cites declining crime rateFolks in town are used to seeing the Route 32 prison.

“They’ve been good neighbors as far as I know,’ said Clem Brown of Montville.

The bulk of the Corrigan-Radgowski Correction Center will remain open. Only the Annex which can hold up to 254 prisoners is closed.montville prison closing 6 State closing section of prison, cites declining crime rate

The state currently has about 14,560 inmates in its prison system, down from a high of 19,894 inmates in 2008.

That decline has led the state to close two entire prisons and significant sections of four others since 2010.

montville prison closing 3 State closing section of prison, cites declining crime rate“If crime rate’s down I guess that’s good for the general area because it’s going to be a lot safer for the community,” said Kyle Casey of Montville.

The Annex once closed in the 1990s as well but reopened when the prison population grew. History which is not expected to be repeated.

“Safer communities attract new businesses, new residents, and improve the quality of life for everyone,” said Governor Malloy.

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