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