By Christine Stuart
As he entered the series of locked doors at Cheshire Correctional Institute, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday’s prison visit was his first. Newly nominated Correction Commissioner Rollin Cook joked: “We’ll make sure you get out.”
It was the sixth state agency visit Lamont has done over the past three weeks. At the end of his tour Monday he joked with a group of inmates that he’s only been governor for less than 30 days so they can’t blame him for anything yet.
On a more serious note, Lamont told the group that he was impressed with the work they’re doing to re-enter society. “Whatever happened in the past I want to make sure you are going to have an amazing life,” Lamont said.
But Lamont was talking to an elite group of inmates who were handpicked for an experimental pilot program called T.R.U.E.
Part of the reason he wanted to visit Cheshire Correctional Institute was because that’s where the T.R.U.E. Unit is located. The program was created following former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and former Correction Commissioner Scott Semple’s trip to Germany where they got a glimpse of new rehabilitation models.
The program was designed for 18- to 25-year-old-offenders whose brains are still developing.