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CT's Juvenile Prisons Need An Overhaul

CT's Juvenile Prisons Need An Overhaul

Sexual abuse. Physical abuse. Emotional abuse. Neglect. Sex trafficking. Community violence. Violent deaths of family and friends. This is just a partial list of the traumas that many — if not most — youths who become involved in the juvenile justice system in Connecticut have experienced in their short lives. No wonder that they become willing to act by any means necessary to survive and protect those close to them, even if this lands them in the custody of law enforcement, juvenile detention and in juvenile prisons such as the Connecticut Juvenile Training School for boys and the Pueblo Unit for girls. Such incarceration too often leads to further traumatic violence for...

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