There are six youths considered “medically compromised” who are currently incarcerated at the Cheshire prison.
Concerns over the wellbeing of the state’s incarcerated population grew as the number of staffers testing positive creeps upwards.
Reformers want to see lawmakers raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12, keeping younger children out of the system.
Under the new proposal, which would take effect in 2021 if passed by the General Assembly, children under age 12 would be spared from criminal proceedings.
State officials will weigh a recommendation to create a new state agency for minors in the juvenile justice system.
The state started trying to improve education in juvenile detention in 1993. It’s still trying.
Advocates view the selection of a new chief state’s attorney as a chance to further Connecticut’s criminal justice reforms and reduce the system’s racial disparities.
Child advocates are calling on Connecticut lawmakers to set up a special panel to investigate the treatment of children committed to the care of the Department of Children and Families for breaking the law.