State To Close Mansfield Prison

Absent $2 billion in concessions over two years from state employee unions, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s so-called ‘Plan B’ budget would result in the closure of the Bergin Correctional Institution in Mansfield.

Bergin is a minimum security prison with a population of 931 inmates as of January 1, according to the Department of Correction website. “It houses mainly DWI offenders who are serving relatively short prison terms and it houses a bunch of inmates who are in the final few months of their sentence,” said Malloy criminal justice advisor Michael Lawlor.

Plans call for the prison to be closed on July 1. It is not clear how many layoffs would result.

The news comes on the heels of the announcement that the J.B. Gates Correctional Institution in Niantic will close on June 1.

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