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CT Gov. Lamont Considers Reopening Former Youth Prison in CT to Hold Immigrant Children

Report by Paul Antolini, April 15, 2021, 11:39AM EDT

Aerial view of the former Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS)
that is being considered by Gov. Lamont to reopen to house immigrant youth.

On Thursday Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that he was considering reopening a former youth prison in CT to hold immigrant children. Gov. Lamont and Department of Children and Families Commissioner Vanessa Dorantes discussed the possibility of the the shuttered facility in Middletown as a location, reports the Republican American.report

During a recent visit to Connecticut two weeks ago by Vice President Kamala Harris, Governor Ned Lamont said she asked him if there was any “space in CT to house unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the border without permission,” reports NBC CT, “Lamont suggested the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown.”

The Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS), located at 1225 Silver Street in Middletown, CT, was a juvenile prison that operated under the  Connecticut Department of Children and Families from 2001 to 2018. Established in proximity to the Connecticut Valley Hospital  CJTS held male inmates from age 12-17 with capacity for 240 inmates.

The state facility closed in April 2018.

Christina Quaranta, executive director of the Connecticut Justice Alliance, said, “There’s no way we can house young people in this facility again. Especially people who have experienced immense trauma,” reports NBC CT, “There’s no indication of how many children the federal government may send to Connecticut,” she said. 

Editor note: The facility has the capacity for 240 inmates.

Lamont expects to give his recommendations to the Biden administration in the next few days, reports NBC CT.

The former Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS)
that is being considered by Gov. Lamont to reopen to house immigrant youth.

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