Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced plans to close down the Connecticut Juvenile Training School by July 2018. Now, stakeholders are divided over the proposal.
The correctional facility is the only juvenile prison for young male offenders in the state. If the closure goes through by July, the 39 kids incarcerated at the facility will either be released or moved to another facility.
Since the closure may scale through by July, the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) stopped taking in young offenders to the facility on January 1. Republican and Democratic legislators are divided over this issue.
It is already causing a deep divide between all stakeholders in the state. How this will pan out remains to be seen.
Exclusive Videos: Prison Vileness Prompted Call for Closure
The decision of Gov. Malloy to close the juvenile prison by July 2018 is in response to mounted campaigns by human rights advocates. Several videos have emerged revealing that juvenile inmates are severely restrained and isolated inside the facility.
This caused human rights advocates and mental health experts to mount pressure on the state government to close the Connecticut juvenile prison.
And while national experts have consented to the closure, others do not agree to the closure. Those who want the juvenile facility to remain open say this is necessary because young offenders need to be incarcerated.
Timing for Proposed Closure of Connecticut Juvenile Training School Generating Further Unrest
“We know we’re closing. That’s what everybody wanted for years and years and years. So when is the right time? Is March good? Is April good? What’s the magic date?”
Abby Anderson, executive director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance asked:
“Nobody wants CJTS to stay open past July, but why is it closing now?”
There used to be over 300 staff at CJTS some years ago. They are down to 180 full-time employees. The fear of impending closure is driving several staff to leave before the time in search of new jobs.
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