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OLR Research Report


January 5, 2011

 

2011-R-0014

OLR BACKGROUNDER: CONNECTICUT PRISON POPULATION OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS

By: Christopher Reinhart, Chief Attorney

SUMMARY

On January 1, 2011, Connecticut's prison population stood at 17,746, near the lowest total at any time during the last four years. The sentenced population, 13,578 inmates, reached its lowest point of the last four years on that date.

The Department of Correction's daily incarcerated population report from January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2011 showed that:

1. the total incarcerated population varied from a low of 17,742 inmates on December 31, 2010 to a high of 19,894 inmates on February 1, 2008;

2. the sentenced inmate population varied from a low of 13,578 on January 1, 2011 to a high of 15,465 on February 8, 2008; and

3. the unsentenced inmate population varied from a low of 4,011 on May 8, 2009 to a high of 4,772 on September 21, 2010.

TABLE

Table 1 displays the total incarcerated, sentenced, and unsentenced populations on the first of each month since January 1, 2007 and on the dates of certain events during this time period.

Table 1: Total Incarcerated, Sentenced, and Unsentenced Population Since 2007, by Month and on Selected Dates

Date

Total Incarcerated Population

Sentenced Population

Unsentenced Population

2007

January 1

18,903

14,440

4,463

February 1

19,147

14,861

4,286

March 1

19,010

14,872

4,138

April 1

18,989

14,903

4,086

May 1

18,973

14,763

4,210

June 1

18,939

14,751

4,188

July 1

18,892

14,611

4,281

● July 23 (Cheshire home invasion)

18,864

14,591

4,273

August 1

18,875

14,580

4,295

September 1

19,125

14,657

4,468

● September 21 (Governor imposes temporary parole ban)

19,194

14,757

4,437

October 1

19,414

14,926

4,488

November 1

19,828

15,234

4,594

December 1

19,714

15,185

4,529

2008

January 1

19,438

15,001

4,437

● January 25 (PA 08-1, January Special Session signed, most provisions take effect)

19,820

15,286

4,534

● January 27 (Governor lifts parole ban)

19,824

15,285

4,539

February 1

19,894

15,381

4,513

March 1

19,730

15,410

4,320

April 1

19,720

15,431

4,289

May 1

19,656

15,310

4,346

June 1

19,530

15,211

4,319

July 1

19,410

15,018

4,392

August 1

19,522

14,934

4,588

September 1

19,550

14,883

4,667

October 1

19,657

15,007

4,650

November 1

19,441

15,044

4,397

December 1

19,176

14,979

4,197

2009

January 1

18,978

14,746

4,232

February 1

19,107

14,942

4,165

March 1

19,060

15,033

4,027

April 1

19,069

14,916

4,153

May 1

18,905

14,830

4,075

June 1

18,754

14,640

4,114

July 1

18,891

14,600

4,291

August 1

18,829

14,487

4,342

September 1

18,873

14,444

4,429

October 1

18,818

14,368

4,450

November 1

18,641

14,279

4,362

December 1

18,395

14,128

4,267

2010

January 1

18,052

13,880

4,172

February 1

18,381

14,108

4,273

March 1

18,328

14,106

4,222

April 1

18,329

14,110

4,219

May 1

18,257

14,083

4,174

June 1

18,362

14,155

4,207

July 1

18,430

14,039

4,391

August 1

18,489

13,900

4,589

September 1

18,592

13,856

4,736

October 1

18,480

13,783

4,697

November 1

18,319

13,833

4,486

December 1

18,172

13,761

4,411

2011

January 1

17,746

13,578

4,168

Source: Department of Correction

CHARTS

The charts below show on a daily basis from January 1, 2007 through January 1, 2011 the (1) total incarcerated population, (2) sentenced incarcerated population, and (3) unsentenced incarcerated population.

Chart 1: Daily Incarcerated Population, January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2011

Chart 2: Daily Sentenced Population, January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2011

Chart 3: Daily Unsentenced Population, January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2011

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