By CSG Justice Center Staff
After 24 visits to Connecticut prisons, Gov. Dannel Malloy decided it was time others got to see what he’d seen.
“After the experiences I’ve had,” Malloy said, “we just got to thinking that it would be good to have people experience it for a day.”
The governor’s conversations with people under supervision at the facilities, as well as corrections staff, had enlightened his thinking and informed the policy improvements his administration had pushed. On May 30, 2018, his administration welcomed state legislators, judges, prosecutors and others into Cheshire Correctional Institution for the first ever full-scale, criminal justice conference inside a prison.
Gov. Malloy’s many visits to Connecticut correctional facilities made him the first governor to join the Face to Face initiative.
Face to Face—which is sponsored by the National Reentry Resource Center in partnership with the Association of State Correctional Administrators, JustLeadershipUSA, and the National Center for Victims of Crime—challenges all elected officials to participate in a series of public activities through which they can interact with people who are in prison or jail, corrections officers, victims of crime, and others who have firsthand experience with the correctional system.