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Long hours for many staff at juvenile jails

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A heavy reliance on overtime at the state-run juvenile jails raises a number of questions, including whether it is cost-effective and whether it over-stresses staff, making them less effective in managing difficult situations with inmates. Continue Reading →

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Legislative hearings will probe conditions at state’s juvenile jails

The Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, a locked jail for young males that break the law.

Legislative hearings will be held to probe conditions and practices at the state’s jails for juvenile offenders after reports that they placed youths “at risk of physical and emotional harm.” Continue Reading →

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CT Supreme Court to rule on order barring reporting of juvenile case


Can a Connecticut court bar publication of a news story when information from a confidential juvenile court proceeding makes its way to the media? That’s the question the Connecticut Supreme Court will answer after New Britain Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini last week ordered the Connecticut Law Tribune not to publish a story involving a child protection case before him. Continue Reading →

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New caseworkers expected to ease load on overworked DCF staff

Caseworkers for the Department of Children and Families have unreasonably high workloads and are looking for relief, which may come from the 81 new staff members stepping into their ranks, the department’s court-appointed overseer says. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Connecticut’s DCF can do better for kids who ‘opt out’

Many young adults in Connecticut foster care decline to continue receiving services from a system they view as oppressive because they are desperate for freedom and family. The Department of Children and Families has better options than leaving them potentially homeless and unprepared for adult life. Continue Reading →

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Report: DCF must do better at tracking kids who ‘age out’

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The Connecticut Department of Children and Families needs to do a better job of tracking children who age out of its care. Until that happens, a state report says, it is hard to gauge the effectiveness of its programs for seeing children into a productive adulthood. Continue Reading →

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