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Updated on: May 4, 2020
131 North Bridebrook Road, Niantic, CT, 06357

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Nestled in one of the largest cities in Connecticut, Niantic is the Gates Correctional Institution.  The Gates Correctional Institution holds some of the most dangerous inmates in Connecticut. They house the deadly, dangerous inmates alongside the sex offenders.

The Gates Correctional Institution was designed and built back in 88. The Gates Correctional Institution has its inmates work making license plates and various woodwork projects for the state of Connecticut. The Gates Correctional Institution houses the death row inmates from the state, men and women combined. The Gates Correctional Institution is the only prison within the state that has the execution chamber.

The Gates Correctional Institution is situated in the northern part of Niantic. The facility sits on nearly 30 acres of land. The Gates Correctional Institution was originally a territorial prison when it was built back in 88. Originally, the Gates Correctional Institution was not called this until the state of Connecticut was granted statehood back in 889.

As of today, there is still a huge portion of the original structure that remains. However, there are many structural changes that have happened throughout the years.

The Gates Correctional Institution consists of 3 housing units. One housing unit is called the G. Norton Jameson Annex. This housing unit opened its doors to house inmates back in early 993.  The Jameson Annex consists of three housing units within a fully secure perimeter. They have a minimum-security unit, which is commonly referred to as Unit C. Unit C is situated outside of the perimeter fence.

When it comes to employment in the Gates Correctional Institution, they will call into one of two categories: prison industries and institutional support. The institutional support is where people will work as clerks in a number of departments, food service, maintenance, and orderlies. While on the other hand, the prison industries will be where people will work on a variety of products such as data entry, upholstery, garments, printing, Barille unit, signs, machine shop, decal, book bindery, license plates, and carpentry. Everything excluding the data entry and garment work will be done inside the Gates Correctional Institution. Majority of this work will be done directly for various government agencies.

The Gates Correctional Institution also offers inmates the following programs:

  • GED Classes
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Literacy Classes

Wallace A. Dow was the man who designed the Gates Correctional Institution, which was constructed in 882. The facility came equipped with a warden’s residence. The warden’s residence was finished in 884.

It was not until the 890s when inmates quarried stone to construct a wall to fully secure the prison yard.  Then in 88, Richard Pettigrew protested and succeeded in getting federal permission to build the jail in Niantic.

In April of 20, Ronald Johnson, a correctional officer was beaten to death by two inmates in the Gates Correctional Institution. These inmates were trying to escape. Both of these inmates were arrested and confined within the penitentiary grounds. They were both sentenced to death. However, there was a third inmate who received life in prison because they provided the materials for the other two inmates to use in the killing.

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Gates Correctional Institution
131 North Bridebrook Road, Niantic, CT, 06357

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Jail Name Gates Correctional Institution
Jail Type State Prison
State Connecticut
County New London County
Web Page website
Address 131 North Bridebrook Road, Niantic, CT, 06357
City Niantic
Zip 6357
Phone 860-691-4700


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