The adult prison system is not an appropriate place for minors, according to the Office of the Child Advocate.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy visited York, the state’s only prison for women, to collect information on the Second Chance Pell pilot program, a federal grant that aims to reduce recidivism by expanding access to education for incarcerated people.
The Department of Correction and the governor’s office won’t say whether the state has implemented reforms in the wake of a 19-year-old giving birth in her prison cell.
An internal investigation found medical staff’s conduct and lack of training resulted in a baby being born in a prison cell toilet.
On Monday, inmates were joined by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Department of Correction Commissioner Scott Semple, and a host of state officials and criminal justice advocates in a dimly lit gymnasium on the grounds of the women’s prison to mark the opening of the W.O.R.T.H. program. Malloy said the unit would help one of the system’s most vulnerable populations through counseling, education and mentorship.
The state House of Representatives gave final approval Thursday night to a bill giving an array of protections to incarcerated women, particularly those who are pregnant, and to a bill aimed at reducing instances when victims of domestic violence are arrested alongside their attackers.
Children need champions, especially children who have lost their family connections.
The story of “Jane Doe,” the transgender teenager who has never been charged with a crime being sent to the Connecticut adult women’s prison, burned a path through the week of legislative and political news.
Since being sent to live in an adult jail eight days ago, 16-year-old Jane has spent 22 to 23 hours a day in her prison cell.
“There are girls that really very easily can fill these 10 beds,” said Joette Katz, commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families.