Connecticut Department of Correction

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Connecticut Department of Correction
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Patch of the Connecticut Department of Correction
Motto P.R.I.D.E.
Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dignity, Excellence
Agency overview
Formed 1968
Preceding agency State Jail Administration
Employees Approx. 7,000
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Connecticut, USA
Map of Connecticut Department of Correction's jurisdiction.
Size 5,543 square miles (14,360 km2)
Population 3,501,252 (2008 est.)[1]
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Wethersfield, Connecticut
Agency executive Scott Semple, Commissioner
Facilities 18
Connecticut DOC Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC) is the agency responsible for corrections in the U.S. state of Connecticut. The agency operates 18 correctional facilities. It has its headquarters in Wethersfield.[2]


The correctional system in Connecticut began with the Old Newgate Prison in East Granby. It was an unprofitable copper mine that opened in 1705. The state began to use the tunnels as a prison during the Revolutionary War. In 1790 Old Newgate became the state prison for men and served in that capacity until 1827 when a new state prison was opened in Wethersfield.[3]

Fallen officers

Prior to the establishment of the modern Connecticut Department of Correction in 1968, 5 officers died in the line of duty, all at the former state prison in Wethersfield.[4]

Death row

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Prior to the complete abolishment of capital punishment in 2015,[5] the male death row was located at the Northern Correctional Institution. In 1995 the male death row moved from Osborn Correctional Institution to Northern.[6] The execution chamber was located at Osborn.[7] The York Correctional Institution houses all female pretrial and sentenced prisoners in the state, regardless of security status, so a woman classified as a death row inmate would be housed in that prison.[8]

See also


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  2. "Contact Us." Connecticut Department of Correction. Retrieved on December 7, 2009. "Public Information Office 24 Wolcott Hill Road Wethersfield, CT 06109"
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  4. The Officer Down Memorial Page
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  6. "Northern Correctional Institution." Connecticut Department of Correction. Retrieved on August 16, 2010.
  7. "Administration of Capital Punishment Directive Number 6.15." Connecticut Department of Correction. October 19, 2004. 1/9. Retrieved on August 16, 2010. "Execution Area. A series of four (4) contiguous rooms in the Osborn Correctional Institution comprised of the..."
  8. "York Correctional Institution." Connecticut Department of Correction. Retrieved on November 9, 2010. "The York Correctional Institution is a high-security facility. It serves as the state's only institution for female offenders. It serves all superior courts in Connecticut and manages all pretrial and sentenced female offenders, whatever their security level."

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