York Correctional Institution
||201 West Main Street
Niantic, CT 06357
||Stephen Faucher |
Population as of January 1, 2013:
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.
The programming units at the facility have an extensive array of positive interventions for the population, including the 80-bed intensive, inpatient drug treatment unit, the Marilyn Baker House. An Hospice program trains inmate volunteers to provide end of life care to fellow offenders.
In June 2005, the innovative Charlene Perkins Reentry Center was dedicated in honor of a past deputy warden. The 100 bed stand alone unit assists in preparing appropriate women offenders, who are within 18 months with the skills they will need for successful reintegration into the community.
The Department's Correctional Enterprise of Connecticut manages a program based at this facility in which 50 inmates are employed in data entry projects for other state agencies.
Through the Prison PUP Partnership, appropriate offenders raise and train assistance dogs who are then provided to deaf and disabled persons in the community through NEADS.
Girl Scouts Behind Bars, for the daughters of incarcerated women, reflects recent research that enhanced visitation may reduce the possibility of the mother returning to prison and/or the daughter becoming an offender.
Female offenders have spoken to many school and local organizations, as well as at risk youth. Community service crews have assisted at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Camp Hazen, the New London Housing Authority, and OpSail 2000.
Present staffing: 502.
The facility is also home to the Second Chance Corral, a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture which provides restorative shelter for abused farm animals which are cared for by the inmate population.
The facility is named in honor of Janet S. York, who served as the warden of the Niantic Correctional Institution from 1960-1975 and as a deputy commissioner for the agency from 1969-1977.
Listing of the inmate programs available at this facility (PDF, 916 KB).
Visiting Schedule (PDF, 11 KB).
The Niantic Correctional Institution was founded in 1918 as the Connecticut State Farm and Reformatory for Women. In 1930 an addition added to the population capacity and the facility was renamed the Niantic Correctional Institution. With the transfer of women from the State Prison in Wethersfield, it became only correctional institution for women in Connecticut.
In 1988 dormitory style housing was built and added an additional 224 beds.
The York Correctional Institution was opened in October of 1994 and was named after Janet York who served as Warden at the Niantic Correctional Institution.
In 1996 the York Correctional Institution and the Niantic Correctional Institution were consolidated into one facility keeping the York Correctional Institution as its name. This facility is situated on 425 acres.
In 1997 an additional celled housing unit was built to add another 196 beds.
In 2008 the institution was named the Facility of the Year by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care for its excellence in health service delivery. The accompanying accreditation has been renewed as of June of 2011.
In June 2011, with the closing of the adjoining Gates Correctional Institution, an annex housing 225 men was added to the facility. This was done to insure continued support of the surrounding communities with inmate work crews as well as facilitate the reintegration of offenders who are from south eastern Connecticut.
List of past wardens:
Theresa LantzEileen Higgins
Pamela L. Richards
Lori H. Ricks