Connecticut Department of Children and Families

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Committee on Children called a hearing on Aug. 12 to discuss recent reports about conditions at the state’s two juvenile detention facilities: the Connecticut Juvenile Training School for boys and the Pueblo Unit for girls. Both are run by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Connecticut Department of Children and Families

An advocacy group said the State of Connecticut should close the two juvenile detention facilities run directly by the Department of Children and Families- the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS) for boys and the Pueblo Unit for girls. Recent reports about conditions at the two facilities found that young people in each of them were subjected to repeated and unlawful restraint and isolation.

Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Boys and girls in Connecticut's juvenile detention facilities have been subjected to unlawful and repeated use of isolation and restraints, while officials haven't adequately prevented youths from attempting suicide or injuring themselves, according to a report released Wednesday by the state child advocate.

Advocates for children in foster care in Connecticut say equal access to education is a civil rights issue that the state needs to better address. Educational barriers facing those children was the subject of a forum on Thursday at the state Capitol complex in Hartford.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families says it has responded to a call from its commissioner, Joette Katz, to place a greater emphasis on kinship care.