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Connecticut prison closes 4 housing units

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State officials say four housing units at Connecticut's medium-security prison in Somers have been closed in response to a declining crime rate. (WFSB file) State officials say four housing units at Connecticut's medium-security prison in Somers have been closed in response to a declining crime rate. (WFSB file)
SOMERS, CT (AP) -

State officials say four housing units at Connecticut's medium-security prison in Somers have been closed in response to a declining crime rate that has led to a smaller inmate population.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Correction Department said Wednesday that the units closed at Osborn Correctional Institution once housed more than 400 inmates combined.

The Correction Department has relocated inmates to housing units in other state prisons. Malloy previously estimated that closing the units at Osborn would save the state about $2.2 million a year.

The closing of the four units will have no impact on prison staffing.

Osborn opened in 1963. The prison housed more than 2,000 inmates at its peak. The current inmate population is less than 1,400.

The state's total prison population is about 14,800.

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