The juvenile justice system is complex, even for those in charge of its design and maintenance.
This page highlights issues currently at the center of juvenile justice policy debate, and is intended to present an unbiased overview of the facts that is both reader-friendly and thorough.
If there are additional topics you would like to see addressed here, or if you have questions about the information below, feel free to contact us at any time.
Factsheets: Spotlight Series
This factsheet addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about CT’s juvenile justice system, including:
- recent changes to regulations
- youth facilities available for adjudicated youth or those awaiting trial
- specific issues around car theft
Connecticut still has youth incarcerated in adult facilities, despite studies showing that such practices are tainted by racial and ethnic disparities, do not provide proper treatment for youth offenders, and do not meaningfully improve public safety.
Federal law mandates that all youth must be out of adult facilities by 2021: we urge Connecticut officials to accelerate that timeline, especially considering the inequities of the system.
A rundown of how funds devoted to juvenile diversion, intervention, and treatment have been squeezed over the last few years.