HARTFORD — Every year, when prisons release convicted felons to finish serving time out of prison, some move into Hartford, which has almost all of the state’s half-way houses.
Another convict just moved in, but this one was once a big politician: former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim.
Ganim has been released early from federal prison and is now living at a halfway house on Collins Street in Hartford. In 2003, Ganim was sentenced to nine years in prison for steering city contracts in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in gift. He was released for good behavior after serving six years. He will be in the half-way house for six months.
More than 1,500 residents are in the state’s Department of Corrections’ halfway houses. Parolees can leave the premises only for work, treatment or religious services. There are three half-way houses in the city.