Justice For Jane: Transgender 16 year old Girl Incarcerated As Adult Without Charges

National LGBTQ Task Force Blog

Transgender 16 year old Girl Incarcerated As Adult Without ChargesIn April, a sixteen year old African American transgender girl (known as Jane Doe) alleged to be too violent by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) was sent to Connecticut’s York Correctional Institution for adults.  She was sent there without a criminal charge or conviction after an altercation that allegedly injured a DCF worker. She was also held in solitary confinement for two weeks for up to 22 to 23 hours per day in the adult institution until the court ruled on where to place here. Because of advocacy on her behalf, the court placed her in a women’s adult facility, instead of a men’s adult facility–which is normally what would have happened.

On Wednesday, April 14, Jane was moved from the mental health unit of the York Correctional Institution but the fact still remains that she is in an adult facility as a minor with many needs. Jane…

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