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Connecticut

Contact Information

The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA) was launched in November 2001 as a collaborative effort of the Center for Children’s Advocacy, Connecticut Voices for Children, RYASAP, and The Tow Foundation.  The mission of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance is to reduce the number of children and youth entering the juvenile and criminal justice system, and advocate a safe, effective, and fair system for those involved.

Primary Contact Name: Abby Anderson
Position: Executive Director
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Phone: 203-579-2727
Twitter: @CTJJA
Facebook: @CTJJA

Legislation

  • The YES Campaign

    Type of Reform

    The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA) launched a campaign to end the practice of automatically prosecuting all 16 and 17 year olds as adults. On January 1, 2010 CT's new law went into effect to remove 16 year olds from adult court. Through the YES campaign, CTJJA is working to ensure that the new law stays on track. Beginning July 1, 2012 seventeen year olds were removed from adult court.

  • Bill Number: 5215 – WIN!

    Type of Reform

    Raise the Age Reform - Returned 16 and 17 year olds (violent offenders excluded) to the juvenile justice system

    Year: 2007

  • Bill Number: H 7050 - WIN!

    Type of Reform

    Transfer & Raise the Age Reform - reviews children's treatment in the juvenile court prior to being transferred to the adult criminal docket, raises the age for transfer to fifteen years of age, raises the age of a child to eighteen

    Year: 2015


Reports

  • Incarcerated/Detained Youth - An Examination Of Conditions Of Confinement

    Office of the Child Advocate's review of conditions for youth incarcerated in state-run facilities confirms that children/youth of color remain disproportionately confined and incarcerated in Connecticut’s state-run facilities, and that the deeper youth go into the correctional system, the less likely they are to receive any developmentally appropriate programming — supports necessary to help youth change their behavior and successfully discharge back to their communities without committing new offenses.

  • Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut: How Collaboration and Commitment Have Improved Public Safety and Outcomes for Youth

    Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut: How Collaboration and Commitment Have Improved Public Safety and Outcomes for Youth (2013) highlights the past two decades of Connecticut’s successful efforts to improve responses to youth who engage in delinquent behavior and to reduce the number of youth placed into detention centers, correctional training schools, and/or other residential facilities. Specifically, the state reduced residential commitments from 680 in 2000 to 216 in 2011 (nearly 70 percent), even though most 16 year-olds, who were previously treated as adults, are now handled in the juvenile system. The state has also closed one of its three state-operated detention centers, and reduced the under 18 population in Connecticut's adult prisons from 403 in January 2007 to 151 in July 2012. Meanwhile, Connecticut expanded its investment in evidence-based, family-focused adolescent treatment programs from $300,000 in 2000 to $39 million in 2009.