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Partial closure of Bridgeport Correctional Center prompted by decrease in inmates

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The Department of Correction announced on Friday it will close a portion of a Bridgeport facility.

The department said in response to a steady decline in the incarcerated inmate population, a portion of the Bridgeport Correctional Center, known as the Fairmont Building, will be closed by the end of July this year.

The department said the closing of the 204-bed building will save more than $2.1 million per fiscal year.

“Due to a variety of factors, including Second Chance Society policy changes by Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration made with the bipartisan collaboration of the State Legislature, the prison population continues to consistently trend downward,” a press release said.

The incarceration level is currently at 16,064, down by more than 360 from the same time last year.

The all-time high was 19,894.

“With the passage of the Second Chance Society Bill, I am confident that this downward trend in the prison population will continue,” said Commissioner Scott Semple. “The agency will continue to work collaboratively with key stakeholders to help support successful reintegration of offenders back into their communities.  This is not a soft on crime approach, this is a smart approach to encourage successful reentry.”

The Bridgeport Correctional Center opened in 1958 and is a level-4 high-security facility and houses about 950 offenders.

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