From WNPR News
For the first time in state prison history, a transgender juvenile is being detained at an adult prison.
The juvenile was sent to York Correctional Institution in Niantic on Tuesday after a judge transferred custody of the teen from the state Department of Children and Families.
DCF wouldn’t talk about the decision. Instead it issued a statement saying a state law allows the transfer of juvenile delinquents in DCF custody to Corrections when they can’t be safely held by the state child welfare agency.
Advocates for the 16-year-old said she’s not dangerous, and that a prison setting is not in her best interests, especially when DCF just opened a locked unit for girls in Middletown.
Sarah Eagan, the state Child Advocate, said, “This is a youth that has not been convicted of an adult crime in an adult court that is now being placed in an adult correctional facility. This is a tremendously unusual and concerning action by the state against a 16-year-old.” (more…)