In March, Connecticut policymakers focused on plans for closing the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS), including a March 16 Juvenile Justice Oversight and Planning Committee (JJPOC) meeting where it was reported that legislators would seek to close CJTS earlier than previously planned. JJPOC members heard from Shaena Fazal, YAP’s Policy Director, who presented testimony on how Connecticut could create a continuum of care, including community-based alternatives to incarceration, for youth in the community as an alternative to CJTS. Her testimony included highlights from the recently released report by the National Collaboration for Youth that she authored, Beyond Bars. Data presented at the JJPOC meeting can be found here: JJPOC031617
Additionally, the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on March 20th on legislation to that would halt admissions to CJTS by July 1, 2017. In testimony presented by Abby Anderson, Executive Director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA), she stated, “While we realize that Governor Malloy has already pledged to close Connecticut Juvenile Training School, having the legislature officially mandate that closure is crucial. All branches of government need to work together to achieve this goal.” Testimony was provided by a number of organizations, including Youth First.
For additional information on advocacy efforts to close CJTS and redirect resources to community based alternatives to incarceration, visit the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance’s website here.