Senator Kissel Asks DOC for Update on Northern Investigation

September 30, 2009

Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) just this afternoon sent a letter to Department of Correction (DOC) acting Commissioner Brian Murphy requesting an update on the investigation into inmate violence at Northern. In July, following a string of violent assaults, Sen. Kissel requested a top-to-bottom investigation at Northern and in a letter dated July 30th, acting Commissioner Murphy responded to Senator Kissel’s request indicating an investigation into operations at Northern was already underway.

“Following the news of another staff assault last week and yesterday’s news that an inmate somehow set fire to his mattress, I thought it important that the DOC provide us with the current status of their investigation,” said Sen. Kissel. “From what I have seen, incidents of violence have not decreased and while I understand that Northern is home to our most violent and dangerous criminals, it is also our super-maximum facility.”

“A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to tour the facility at Northern with the new warden, Angel Quiros, to observe the progress being made toward the removal of the metal lockers. The DOC has always been very responsive to my requests and I am certainly hopeful they will be able to provide a status update on their investigation to date,” concluded Senator Kissel.

Attached is the letter sent to acting Commissioner Murphy.