ENFIELD, Conn. (WWLP) – Some organizations are calling on the Connecticut governor to close some of the state’s correctional facilities citing health concerns.
Osborn Correctional Institution is one of Connecticut’s largest and oldest prisons and some say that the COVID-19 pandemic has only made living conditions worse. Members from “Connecticut Bail Fund” and “Building It Together CT” are calling on Governor Ned Lamont and the Connecticut Health Department to look into the living conditions at the Osborn Correctional Institution in Somers.
Members told 22News there are ongoing public health epidemics in Osborn threatening the lives of people.
They include, COVID-19, poisonous contamination of the plumbing system and drinking water, and asbestos throughout the facility.
22News spoke to one woman whose son is at Osborn, “it has been very hard for myself and my family to see my son in these conditions. He has always been healthy and I am so concerned for him and others.” Judy Mattey
“People are dying, people are being affected by the conditions in that facility and they have been affected by it for years. Because of Covid, it has highlighted the conditions that are happening in there.” Jewu Richardson, Building It Together CT, CT Bail Fund
Governor Lamont has talked about closing some of the state’s facilities. Connecticut’s incarcerated population has decreased by 49% between 2011 and 2021. 22News contacted the Governor’s Office for any comment but have yet to hear back.