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New reports show dropping recidivism rates, prison population in Connecticut

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Recidivism rates and the projected prison population in Connecticut are continuing to drop, according to data in two new reports released Monday.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy attributes the dropping numbers to Connecticut’s criminal justice reform initiatives.

  • For the latest OPM report analyzing Connecticut recidivism rates, click here
  • For the latest OPM report analyzing Connecticut’s prison population projection, click here

“The fact of the matter is, our criminal justice reforms are producing tremendous results for the people of Connecticut,” Governor Malloy said. “We have far fewer people committing crimes and entering our prison system than ever before. The Second Chance initiatives that we’ve put in place are keeping people safe, while offering those that have made mistakes in their past a second chance. There is more work to be done, and I look forward to continuing the progress we have made together over these past seven years.”

Recidivism rates in four categories – new arrests, new convictions, returns-to-prison for any reason, and returns-to-prison to begin a new sentence of incarceration – are declining. The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) regularly monitors the four categories, and projects the prison population will drop by 726 people, about 5.25 percent, over the next year.

“Even slight reductions in recidivism have had significant impacts on our goals and our mission to improve public safety,” Department of Correction (DOC) Commissioner Scott Semple said. “I am proud of the efforts and commitment of Connecticut DOC employees.”

For male inmates, a total of 1,109 fewer prisoners released in 2014 picked up a new arrest in the three years following release than did prisoners released in 2011. Similarly, 718 fewer prisoners released in 2014 returned to prison over the next three years compared to those released in 2011.

The DOC’s prison population peaked on Feb. 1, 2008 with 19,893 inmates. By Jan. 2019, the state’s prison population is expected to fall to 12,901; dropping below 13,000 for the first time since Sept. 1993.

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