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Connecticut opens prison unit dedicated to veterans

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Gov. Dannel Malloy (WFSB file photo) Gov. Dannel Malloy (WFSB file photo)
HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Connecticut's Correction Department has set up a unit in its prison system devoted solely to inmates who are also military veterans.

The Veterans Service Unit, which includes 110 beds inside the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution, will be formally dedicated on Monday in a ceremony attended by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

It's part of a larger reintegration center at the prison, designed to prepare inmates to re-enter society.

But, in addition to the job training and other programs offered to other inmates, the veterans will get special help to deal with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

The unit will have a military theme, complete with reveille in the morning and a code of conduct that includes keeping a "squared away uniform at all times."

There are currently more than 530 military veterans in Connecticut prisons.

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