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OLR Research Report


January 27, 2012

 

2012-R-0080

OLR BACKGROUNDER: CONNECTICUT PRISON POPULATION OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS

By: Christopher Reinhart, Chief Attorney

This Backgrounder provides statistics on how the prison population has changed over the last five years. It updates OLR report 2011-R-0014.

SUMMARY

On January 1, 2012, Connecticut's prison population stood at 17,023. A day earlier, the population reached its lowest total at any time during the last five years: 17,017. The sentenced population also reached its lowest point that day: 12,955 inmates

Over a five year period, from January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2012, the Department of Correction's daily incarcerated population report showed that:

1. the total incarcerated population varied from a low of 17,017 inmates on December 31, 2011 to a high of 19,894 inmates on February 1, 2008;

2. the sentenced inmate population varied from a low of 12,955 on December 31, 2011 to a high of 15,465 on February 8, 2008; and

3. the unsentenced inmate population varied from a low of 3,811 on April 30, 2011 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

February 1

17,914

13,796

4,118

March 1

17,738

13,760

3,978

April 1

17,654

13,733

3,921

May 1

17,486

13,672

3,814

June 1

17,555

13,614

3,941

July 1

17,631

13,591

4,040

August 1

17,648

13,524

4,124

September 1

17,738

13,481

4,257

October 1

17,761

13,601

4,160

November 1

17,774

13,602

4,172

December 1

17,459

13,310

4,149

2012

January 1

17,023

12,957

4,066

CHARTS

The charts below show on a daily basis from January 1, 2007 through January 1, 2012 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, 2012

Chart 2: Daily Sentenced Population, January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2012

Chart 3: Daily Unsentenced Population, January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2012

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