A new warden for Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown is now on the job. The Newtown Bee reports that Amonda Hannah is the 9th warden of the Level 4 High Security facility, and the second woman to hold the position. She was the warden at Bridgeport Correctional Center.
Garner's former warden, who served for a year, now leads Corrigan Correctional in Uncasville. The change was reportedly made as part of a realignment by the state Department of Correction among management staff.
Hannah started with the Corrections Department in 1994 as an inmate counselor at Garner. She served there as deputy warden under former Garner warden Scott Semple, who then became Governor Malloy's DOC Commissioner.
The Public Safety Committee for Garner Correctional Institution held their quarterly meeting. The group is made up of police, fire, school and town officials.
As of June 4th, there were 588 inmates housed at the Level 4 high security facility. 441 men have been convicted, 147 inmates’ criminal cases are still pending in court. 10 inmates categorized as “Level 5” maximum-security prisoners will be housed at Garner, joining the 4 mental health inmates already there with that classification. Garner specializes in housing and treating mental health inmates.