Posted on October 20, 2023

Report: Black Adults Make up Majority of CT Prison Population

Edwin J. Viera, Public News Service, October 18, 2023

recent report found Black people make up the majority of Connecticut’s prison population.

The Prison Policy Initiative brief reported Black people make up 43% of the incarcerated population, three times higher than the national average. Yet, they only make up 10% of the state’s general population.

Between 2017 and 2022, the state reduced its prison population, though it has seen recent increases.


Statewide racial disparities in health care are putting Connecticut’s Black population at a significant disadvantage. A report from Data Haven showed between 15% and 20% of Black adults living in New Haven and Hartford recently reported experiencing discrimination in health care.