How Connecticut became a model for prison reform

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Osborn Correctional Institution. Courtesy Connecticut Department of Corrections

From the outside, Osborn Correctional Institution in northern Connecticut looks like a textbook American prison.

Opened in 1963, before the nation began sprouting prisons like mushrooms, the sprawling medium-security facility—which sits on 550 acres of rural land on the outskirts of Hartford—is a fortress of concrete, iron and concertina wire.

But behind Osborn’s walls stands a laboratory for one of the most aggressive experiments in criminal justice reform currently underway in the United States. Under the . . .

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