|York Correctional Institution, no place for a child.|
There are numerous accounts of what led to a child being imprisoned, without being charged of a crime, in a high-security facility, in solitary and most have one thing in common. They repeat the version told by DCF to validate their attempted murder of this transgender girl.
Yes, murder. DCF tried to incarcerate her with adult men. A transgender child so decimated by the hand dealt her probably wouldn’t have survived this ordeal. Obviously, DCF does not respect gender diversity or have a viable system in place to help her.
“No other girl in DCF custody has been endangered in this way. The result, if not the intent, is clearly discriminatory.” —Sandra Staub, legal director of the ACLU of Connecticut
The transfer was initiated following an incident at the teen’s previous facility in Massachusetts, where she was involved in an altercation with a staff member that temporarily left that staff member blind. Her record bore multiple other assaults on peers and staff at several programs, according to a written statement from the DCF.
“DCF asked for and the court approved a plan to treat this girl as if she were an adult and a criminal, although she is neither.” —Sandra Staub
What really happened in Massachusetts in January that was the ‘final straw’ according to Joette Katz, the Commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families? Source voices on the square:
The teen was arrested at a juvenile facility in Needham, MA, but the assault charge was not pursued by prosecutors. No evidence related to the injuries or the incident has ever been presented. No criminal charges are pending against the teen, who had been placed in the Needham facility by Connecticut DCF. The Massachusetts police report on the assault states that it resulted in “apparent minor injuries.”
The incident report filed at Needham’s Meadowridge Academy says the youth had a violent outburst, was upset and insubordinate, and was attempting to walk off the campus when confronted by two staff members. One of the staff members attempted to “bear hug” the teen around the chest, which the teen resisted. After breaking free, the youth punched the staff member “multiple times,” bit the staff member on top of the head, and kicked the staff member several times, before the staff member was able to move away. One of the staff members reported he was ‘blinded’ during the incident. After an internal review of the incident, one of the staff members involved was fired.
Although ‘blinded” the staff member in question wrote a narrative about the incident 35 minutes after the incident.
Before DCF sent the teen to Needham, she was arrested for assaulting a “safety officer” at the Bridgeport juvenile detention center and committed to DCF as a juvenile delinquent. The judge who signed the order transferring her to York agreed with the DCF assertion that she was “a danger to herself and others.”
DCF responding to public outrage have acknowledged the child may not be in the best environment, but offered no plans to remove her anytime soon from the York facility.
Unloved and uncared for by drug addicted incarcerated parents, raped by DCF facility staff Jane Doe talks about what happened to her. This affidavit that will be presented in federal court as advocates appeal her incarceration at York.
Commissioner Katz says she has received hate mail since Jane Doe was imprisoned. She says the criticism she endured is “abusive” especially since of her recognition of these issues when she was on the supreme court before it was fashionable to do so. Katz says anyone who says she has targeted Jane Doe because of her being transgender is insulting and wrong and should stop.
What can we do? You could email Commissioner Katz firstname.lastname@example.org and call her office at 860-982-9600, but please remember as outragous as this is to keep it civil.
You nan also sign a petition calling for her release from York.
Across the web:
New Haven Register Editorial: Connecticut wrong to imprison transgender teen
Mew Haven Current Talks Begin Privately To Move Transgender Youth Out Of Prison
New Haven Independent Transgender Teen Decries Solitary Confinement