DOJ: Connecticut Prison Deprived Children of Mental Health and Education

Lena Weib
Mason Youth Institute

A two-year federal Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigation found that Manson Youth Institution, the only Connecticut prison to house males under the age of 18, is violating the Constitution by placing juveniles in isolation for minor offenses and by not providing adequate mental health care and special education services to children with disabilities.

“Children in adult correctional facilities do not forfeit their constitutional and federal rights,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said in the 27-page report. “Our investigation uncovered systemic evidence that children are deprived of mental health and educational services they need to become productive, successful adults.”

The investigation was prompted by a report issued by state Child Advocate Sarah Eagan who drew most of the same conclusions during her own investigation, which was released in January of 2019.

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