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Panel probes future of CT’s juvenile jails

Sen. Gary Winfield, left, and oversight committee co-chairs Rep. Toni Walker and state budget director Benjamin Barnes

Discussion by members of a key oversight committee examining conditions at the state's juvenile jails centered on some fundamental questions: Do young people – many of whom have psychiatric needs and histories of trauma – leave better off than they came in? Can the facility’s problems be addressed through better staff training or programs, or are they symptoms of problems inherent in the jails? Continue Reading →

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DCF commissioner tells legislators: Don’t close juvenile jails

DCF consultant Robert Kinscherff and Commissioner Joette Katz discuss the state's juvenile jails at a legislative forum Wednesday.

Under fire over questions about how youths are treated while incarcerated — and facing calls from advocates to close the state’s juvenile jails in Middletown — Department of Children and Families Commissioner Wednesday reaffirmed her commitment to keeping the locked facilities she runs open. Continue Reading →

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