A 16-year-old transgender girl is currently being held in an adult prison in Connecticut even though she has not been convicted of any crime and has no criminal charges against her. This is the first time in over a decade that the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) has placed a child in an adult prison. A survivor of numerous instances of violence and abuse – including at the hands of DCF staff – Jane Doe is now being held in isolation for 22-23 hours per day, without access to education or contact with peers her own age.
Before being transferred to prison, Jane was in the custody of Connecticut’s DCF for many years. In a rare move, the DCF petitioned to have Jane transferred out of DCF’s care and into an adult male prison. Under heavy criticism and increasing public outrage about this decision, DCF Commissioner Joette Katz recently took to the pages of the Hartford Courant to argue that placing Jane in prison was “the only acceptable option to ensure the safety of the other youths” in DCF’s care. But placing any child in an adult prison is far from “acceptable” – it is dangerous, unjust, and inhumane.
The 16-year-old transgender girl in Connecticut has been incarcerated in an adult men’s prison for nearly a month — and she still hasn’t been charged or convicted of a single crime.
“Jane Doe” was living in a home for traumatized youth when authorities claim she attacked a staffer. But no criminal charges are even pending against her.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. Sign the petition in support of Jane’s transfer out of prison
2. Contact Governor Dannel Malloy and tell him that this teen should be released from prison, returned to state custody, and placed in a juvenile facility with youth of her expressed, not assigned, gender. Email him at Governor.Malloy@CT.gov and call him at (800) 406-1527.
3. Write a letter to Jane to show your support. Jane needs to know that folks care about her and are standing behind her, and you can get a letter to Jane through her attorney, Aaron Romano (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The teen has suffered in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT for weeks without treatment or educational training — and instead of letting her go, the Department of Correction wants to send her to a men’s prison where she’ll be at high risk of abuse and sexual assault!
Please, join us in calling on Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to release “Jane Doe” from prison and return her to state custody, placing her in a juvenile facility with kids of her gender if the state still plans to press charges!
PETITION TO GOV. MALLOY: Release “Jane Doe” from prison and return her to state custody, placing her in a juvenile facility with kids of her gender if the state still plans to press charges