Osborn Correctional Institution. Courtesy Connecticut Department of Corrections

How Connecticut became a model for prison reform

Behind the walls of the Osborn Correctional Institution stands a laboratory for one of the most aggressive experiments in criminal justice reform currently underway in the United States. Under the stewardship of Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, Connecticut has seen its prison population fall to a 20-year low, while rates of reported violent crime have plummeted.

Getting Out of Solitary

A new report highlights the progress made in a number of states to reduce the use of isolation in prisons–even as the nation continues to remain an international “outlier” in the practice.

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The Prison Code of Silence

Turning a blind eye to the cruelty prisoners inflict on each other may be an understandable form of self-preservation. But the psychological cost for inmates is high.

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America’s Aging—and Mentally At-Risk—Prisoners

Depression and suicide are considered top risks for inmates over 50. A Connecticut team is preparing to explore those risks—and how to cope with them—in a study of 250 elderly inmates. It’s one of the first studies of its kind.