Gates Correctional Institution

As of June 1, 2011 this facility has been closed, due to a reduction in the inmate population, which is now at a 10 year low.

Address: 131 North Bridebrook Road
Niantic, CT 06357
Gates CI Entrance
Phone: (860) 691-4700
Fax: (860) 691-4745
Security: Level 2

Population Information:

See data available regarding Connecticut Department of Correction's supervised population.

General Information:

The J. B. Gates Correctional Institution specializes in the delivery of programs which are designed and structured to address those factors responsible for the criminal behavior of its offender population through services that meet the physical, developmental and spiritual needs of the offenders.

The Gates Correctional Institution is a level 2, minimum-security pre-release institution with a focus on education and addiction programming designed to support the successful community reintegration of the offender population. Among the programming offered to inmates are Adult Basic Education, Pre GED and GED classes, college courses, and instruction in commercial cleaning, graphic arts. The Addiction Service Department offers a Tier 3, inpatient substance abuse program, in addition to AA and NA meetings.

The Gates Correctional Institution also employs more than 500 inmates at various jobs including the Community Service detail.  This detail consists of up to 14-inmates who are supervised by two correction officers. The details work in the community assisting various non-profit organizations in completing construction, renovations and other projects.

The facility is also home to the Second Chance Corral, a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture which provides restorative shelter for abused farm animals which are cared for by the inmate population.

The Gates Correctional Institution opened with just 66-inmates in 1981 and over the past 20 years the facility has expanded and contracted to meet the needs of the changing inmate population.

The facility is named in honor of J. Bernard Gates, a former Methodist minister who served for a decade, from 1978-1988 as the first chairman of the Connecticut Board of Parole.  He had previously served as a prison chaplain and as the superintendent of the Osborn Prison Farm.  He would later serve as president of the Connecticut Prison Association.

Present staffing: 288.

Listing of the inmate programs available at this facility (PDF, 89 KB).

Visiting Schedule (PDF, 11 KB).


The Gates Correctional Institution opened in 1981 as a minimum security, level 2 facility.

In 1992 the Gates Correctional Institution was designated as a medium security, level 3 facility and a perimeter fence with razor wire was installed.

In 1994 the Gates Correctional Institution was officially redesigned as a level 2 facility.

List of past wardens:

1982-1984 Richard Orszak
1984-1989 Dennis Guay
1989-1992 Frank Crose
1992-1993 Robert J. Kupec
1993-2004 Robert J. Gillis
2004-2011 John Tarascio