State Prison

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Statutory Authority

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Agency History

1790

Newgate prison established as the state prison

1827, Chapter XXVII (Public Acts)

Wethersfield State Prison is opened to replace Newgate Prison

1963, Public Act 63-28

Wethersfield State Prison replaced by new State Prison in Somers; all prisoners transferred to Somers

1964-1966

Wethersfield State Prison demolished

1967, Public Act 67-152

State Prison in Somers transferred administratively to the new Department of Correction

1969, Public Act 69-297

State Prison in Somers renamed Connecticut Correctional Institution, Somers

1994

Connecticut Correction Institution, Somers downgraded from a maximum security facility to a medium security facility and renamed Osborn Correctional Institution

Published Histories/Articles

Phelps, Richard H. Newgate of Connecticut : A History of the Prison, Its Insurrections, Massacres, & c., . . . Hartford : Press of E. Geer, 1844. [CSL Call Number SpecColl F104 .E1 P54 1844c]

Phelps, Richard H. Newgate of Connecticut : Its Origin and Early History : . . . Hartford, Conn.: American Pub. Co., 1901 [CSL Call Number F104 .E1 P52 1901]

Phelps, Noah Amherst. A History of the Copper Mines and Newgate Prison, at Granby, Conn.: . . . Hartford : Case, Tiffany & Burnham, 1845 [CSL Call Number SpecColl F104 .E1 P4]

Newgate Historical Corporation. Newgate of Connecticut, 1707-1927. Hartford : R. S. Peck & Co., 1927 [CSL Call Number F104 .E1 N49 1927]
 
Wethersfield Prison Records
database compiled by the State Library.

Connecticut. Committee to Investigate Conditions at the State Prison at Wethersfield. Report of the Committee Appointed by His Excellency John H. Trumbull, Governor of the State of Connecticut, to Investigate Conditions at the State Prison at Wethersfield. Hartford : The Committee, 1930. [CSL Call Number ConnDoc G251pri rep]
 
Brief history of Osborn at Department of Correction website.

Agency Documents

Check the State Library catalog for availability of publications by the agency:

Reports are located in:

1828, 1831, 1837, 1841-1944 [CSL Call Number ConnDoc P93]

Public Documents of the State of Connecticut. [CSL Call Number ConnDoc G25m]

Digest of Administrative Reports to the Governor. [CSL Call Number ConnDoc F40 d]

Archives Record Group: RG 017 (Department of Correction)

List of Wardens

(List of Wardens of Wethersfield State Prison from the Department of Correction website)

Name

Years of Service

Moses C. Pilsbury

1827-1837

Amos Pilsbury

1837-1844

Elisha Johnson

1844-1850

Leonard R. Welles

1850-1851

Elisha Johnson

1851-1852

Leonard R. Welles

1852-1854

William Willard

1854-1857

N. Daniel Webster

1857-1862

William Willard

1862-1870

A. J. Botelle

1870-1874

E. B. Hewes

1874-1879

August Sargent

1879-1885

S. Chamberlain

1885-1893

Jabez L. Woodbridge

1893-1899

Albert Garvin

1899-1911

Ward A. Garner

1911-1918

Charles C. McClaughry

1918-1920

Henry K. W. Scott

1920-1929

Charles S. Reed

1929-1934

Ralph H. Walker

1934-1954

George A. Cummings

1954-1956

Frederick G. Reincke

1956-1957

Mark S. Richmond

1957-1961

Frederick G. Reincke

1961-1963