Free the 16-year-old Transgender Girl Currently Incarcerated in an Adult Prison Without Criminal Charges
  • Petitioning Connecticut Department Of Children and Families

This petition will be delivered to:

Connecticut Department Of Children and Families
Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families
Joette Katz
Gov. Dannel Malloy

Free the 16-year-old Transgender Girl Currently Incarcerated in an Adult Prison Without Criminal Charges

    1. Petition by

      Yale Undergraduate Prison Project

A 16 year old transgender girl in Connecticut (known as "Jane Doe") has been incarcerated in an adult prison even though she has not been convicted or charged with any crime. Doe was living in a treatment home for traumatized youth under the custody of the state Department of Children and Family (DCF.) Authorities allege that she assaulted a staffer in the facility, but no criminal charges are pending against her. The DCF's decision to transfer her straight into an adult prison sets a dangerous, inhumane and unjust precedent. 

The teen has been placed in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT for almost two weeks at York Correctional Institute for adult women in Niantic, CT. She has not been receiving any treatment or educational training while at York. In her affidavit (full link below) Doe writes: "I can feel myself growing more and more isolated, frustrated, and feeling alone in my current isolation… I don't think being placed in isolation or in a male facility would be in my best interst or prepare me to re-enter the community. I need to be given treatment and services specific to my needs. I need to deal with the trauma I've experienced in my life. This prison cannot do that for me."

The Department of Correction is considering transferring Jane Doe to Manson Correctional Institute, a prison for males up to age 20. Doe's gender identity means that transferring her to a men's facility would put her life in danger as well as put her at extremely high risk for abuse and sexual assault. 

We must stand with Jane Doe and ensure she receives justice. Please sign this petition, and in addition, consider doing some of the following things:

1. RALLY outside DCF in Hartford, CT on Friday, 4/25 at 1pm! Facebook event here:

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 and call him at (800) 406-1527. 

3. Share info about this with everyone you know! Public pressure in the face of these injustices goes a LONG way. Use the hashtag #JusticeForJane and tweet at @Justice4JaneCT

For more information about the case:,0,7666409,full.story

Connecticut Department Of Children and Families
Joette Katz, Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families
Gov. Dannel Malloy, Connecticut
Free the 16-year-old Transgender Girl Currently Incarcerated Without Criminal Charges

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 20,000 signatures
    2. March from DCF to the State Capitol for Jane Doe!

      May 24th marks the 46th day in prison for Jane Doe. She cannot afford to wait any longer! On Saturday, May 24 at 11AM, we will march from the headquarters of DCF to the State Capital, to demand that DCF Commissioner Joette Katz and Gov. Malloy immediately release Jane to therapeutic care.

      Want flyers for Saturday's march? You can download a PDF to print using this link:

      If you can't print them yourself, email and we'll get them to you.

      CARPOOLS FROM NEW HAVEN AVAILABLE. If you need a ride, let us know by email or call 203-787-8232!

      VAN FROM NEW YORK ALSO AVAILABLE. Leaving at 7:30AM sharp from the LGBT Center in Manhattan -- 208 W 13th Street. Please arrive at lease 15 minutes early. Asking $15-20 donation to cover van, gas and tolls. RSVP with Jenn -- by Thursday the 22nd!

      Justice for Jane Doe! March from DCF to the State Capitol! | Facebook

      Justice for Jane Doe! March from DCF to the State Capitol! | Facebook

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Jane Doe's Affidavit Reveals 11 Years of Abuse Suffered Under DCF Custody

      Here is Jane Doe's affidavit detailing the extensive abuse she has suffered in the 11 years she spent under DCF custody (from ages 5 to 16.) She even reports being sexually assaulted by DCF staff. In light of the fact that Jane Doe has experienced so much trauma due to DCF's irresponsible conduct, it is especially ludicrous and unacceptable that they are penalizing her by subjecting her to solitary confinement in an adult prison without any opportunity for any psychiatric treatment.

      TRIGGER WARNING: rape, suicidal thoughts, sexual and physical abuse.


    5. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Joseph Messier FORT MYERS, FL
      • about 22 hours ago


    • Thomas Cuda AUSTRALIA
      • 3 days ago

      The rights of all individuals are at stake here. This young girl is still a child under all laws including Australian laws. What right have they to incarcerate her in an adult facility? Are the law authorities a law unto themselves who can do as they wish because of their uneducated and uninformed decisions? If there hasn't been a charge laid, why keep her in custody? Too many ignorant officials with too much power.

    • Shari Gilliam RIO RANCHO, NM
      • 7 days ago

      She doesn't need the abuse Transgenders face in prison, she is only 16. What if this child was your own, and you were too sick to be there... Would you want that life for your child?

    • Jaucelyn Montgomery VANCOUVER, WA
      • 15 days ago

      Violation of Human Rights

    • Jordan Whittaker MOREHEAD, KY
      • 16 days ago

      I'm signing because this girl is still a human being who didn't do anything violent, hurtful towards anyone, or anything that affects anyone other than people who know of nothing better to do then throw a poor innocent girl in jail.


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