© 2024
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Connecticut Closes Part Of Bridgeport Prison Complex

Bridgeport Correctional Center

Connecticut's Department of Correction says it is closing part of a prison in Bridgeport in response to a decline in the inmate population.The 204-bed unit known as the Fairmont Building is expected to close by the end of July.

It is part of the Bridgeport Correctional Center, a high-security facility that houses about 950 inmates. It opened in 1958 and houses people awaiting trial and convicted offenders.

The Correction Department says it has enough open beds elsewhere to distribute inmates to other prisons around the state.

The department says there are 16,064 people incarcerated in the state system, a number that is down more than 360 from this time last year.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.