Cheshire Correctional Institution – Connecticut

Looking for somebody in prison at Cheshire Correctional Institution?  Cheshire Correctional Institution is a state prison in the Connecticut state prison system.  This page gives you info about everything you might want to know about Cheshire Correctional Institution,like the following:  How to locate an inmate here.  Visiting an inmate here.  The prison’s address and phone number.  How to send mail and money to an inmate.  And much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Cheshire Correctional Institution
Year Opened: 1913
Type: male
State: Connecticut
County: New Haven
DOC: Connecticut Department of Correction
Security Level: Level 4
Warden Name: Jon Brighthaupt

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Contact Information

Below you will find the mailing address and street address for Cheshire Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to a prisoner there, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the physical location of Cheshire Correctional Institution.

Mailing Address

Be sure to read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures heading below if you are going to mail a letter or package to an inmate to learn how to correctly address it, and follow the appropriate steps for mailing a letter or package. If you don’t follow the appropriate directions, the package or letter might not get delivered.

Cheshire Correctional Institution
900 Highland Avenue 
Cheshire CT, 6410

Street Address / Prison Location


Cheshire Correctional Institution
900 Highland Avenue  
Cheshire CT, 6410

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (203) 651-6100
Fax: (203) 651-6069

Map and Directions

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Use this address if you are visiting a prisoner. You should read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule headings on this page if you are going to try to visit a prisoner.

Cheshire Correctional Institution
900 Highland Avenue  
Cheshire CT, 6410


Directions to Cheshire Correctional Institution

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Phone Number

Cheshire Correctional Institution prisoners don’t have phones, so you won’t get to call your inmate, however, there are times when it is necessary to have the phone number to the facility.
(203) 651-6100

State prison inmates may be able to make phone calls using various methods:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Cheshire Correctional Institution inmates don’t have access to fax machines, so you can’t send a fax to an inmate, but there are times when it might be helpful to have the fax machine number to Cheshire Correctional Institution.

(203) 651-6069

Email Address

This email address is the main email for the prison. You can’t reach individuals at this email address. If you want to send an email to an inmate, check out the Inmate Email information on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 1495
Total Staff: 428

Inmate Email

To send a letter via email to an inmate at Cheshire Correctional Institution you must use an exact procedure to ensure that the letter is received by the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates are not permitted to access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special procedures that you have to follow when sending a letter or package to a state prison inmate. If you don’t follow the procedures then the letters and packages might not make it there.

before you send a letter or package, be sure to read the information below:

Mail Monitoring

Institution staff will open and read all received general mail and packages. Received general mail and packages may be read as frequently as necessary to ensure safety and security or watch any problems confronting a certain inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Below is the proper format for how you have to address mail to an inmate at Cheshire Correctional Institution:

Cheshire Correctional Institution
900 Highland Avenue 
Cheshire CT, 6410

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Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which serves to provide inmates a bank-like account for prisoner money and for purchasing things not issued by the correctional facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people may add money to these accounts using the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends can to send prisoners funds by way of postal mail and will have to send funds to the address below and follow the rules shows below:

The funds must be in a money order that is made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You should use a U.S. Postal Service money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day hold period, and during this hold period the inmate will not get the money. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender funds that do not have correct inmate info but only if the envelope you sent it in has an adequate return address. Cash and personal checks cannot be accepted so don’t send any checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prisoners are from time to time moved to various prison facilities in the state, so sometimes you might need to look up what facility an inmate is at using the inmate locator. Follow the link below to look up a state prisoner.
Inmate Search

To find other Connecticut state prisons: Connecticut State Prisons

Connecticut Department of Correction Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you go to visit an inmate at Cheshire Correctional Institution, be sure that you be aware of this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every Connecticut prison has its own procedures for prisoner visitation and these rules are changed often. The information below could be different since this was written, so you should also read Cheshire Correctional Institution’s website to read the most recent visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance guard will make sure every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log before they can enter the facility and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Picture identification of all visitors is required. Acceptable forms of identification are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state issued photo id is acceptable.

For all of the things shown below, go to the official prison website as this information is changed often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Info about Cheshire Correctional Institution records coming soon.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

More information about Cheshire Correctional Institution death row coming.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


More information about Connecticut parole process to be added later.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information about release procedures to be added later.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

More information about prison life to be added later.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A Cheshire Correctional Institution news section will be posted ASAP.


A photo section coming soon.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Cheshire Correctional Institution
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Cheshire Correctional Institution.

If you have any photos of Cheshire Correctional Institution that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a prison job? Do you have experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility previously?

If so, go to: Cheshire Correctional Institution Jobs

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The official website: Cheshire Correctional Institution Website

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • The right to protection from the accused.
  • The right to notification.
  • The right to attend proceedings.
  • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • The right to restitution.
  • The right to a speedy trial.
  • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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Family Resources

More information about resources for family members of inmates at Cheshire Correctional Institution coming.


Cheshire Correctional Institution history coming soon.

Such as:

  • Famous Cheshire Correctional Institution inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Connecticut State Prisons: Connecticut State Prisons

Cheshire Correctional Institution Links

The official website: Cheshire Correctional Institution Website
Cheshire Correctional Institution Jobs
Directions to Cheshire Correctional Institution

Connecticut Department of Correction Links

Connecticut Department of Correction Main Website
Connecticut Department of Correction Prison Directory
Connecticut Department of Correction Prison Map
Connecticut Department of Correction Prison Jobs
Connecticut Department of Correction Prison Inmate Search
Connecticut Department of Correction Most Wanted

Connecticut Department of Correction Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a Connecticut State Prison Inmate

Sending Mail to Connecticut State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to Connecticut State Prison Inmates
Connecticut State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Cheshire Correctional Institution

Have you ever been incarcerated in Cheshire Correctional Institution? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this correctional facility?

If your answer is yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about what you experienced so others can find out what to expect.

What to include in your review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison facility and layout
  • Guards and staff
  • Prison food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Prisoner safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Prisoner activities and programs

If you are currently an inmate here, leave your address if you want to receive letters from people.

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