Tell Governor Lamont to Release/Protect Youth In Confinement
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While many are focusing on the release of adults currently being detained, we can not overlook the many youths in prison and prison-like environments across the state. Now more than ever we need to look at the justice system and continue the work to minimize youth incarcerated in prison-like environments by creating thoughtful, individualized release plans to ensure these young people can reintegrate into their communities with adequate resources.
As a public policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ending the criminalization of youth, we can't avoid the unfortunate circumstances that COVID-19 has presented for the population of vulnerable youth currently incarcerated across the state. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we have called for the systematic, urgent, and safe release of youth in confinement.
Our ask for investment in young people, their families, and their communities remains the same. As we've entered the National Week of Action Against Incarcerated Youth, CTJJA is asking community members, advocates, and decision-makers to support in calling on Governor Lamont to take executive action regarding youth in confinement. In addition to using executive powers, we are calling on Governor Lamont to:
- Provide a detailed plan to address the unique needs of incarcerated and detained youth.
- Provide weekly updates on the rate of release, support, and treatment provided to Connecticut's incarcerated youth.
- Ensure Connecticut's most vulnerable youth are supported to strategically return to their homes, or other safe environments, where their needs can be met.
Some youth will need support with housing, employment, financial stability, getting access to Wi-Fi, and accessing other needs. Our systems should be helping them access these things. With an executive order, Governor Lamont could require the state agencies already doing that work for other youth and families, to coordinate and do the same for these youth.
We can't continue to avoid the lack of investment that is being put into our families, especially those of color. We are asking for our friends, colleagues, and community members to sign this petition in support of our demands for Connecticut's Governor, Ned Lamont.
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"This is a racial justice issue. Our state’s policies have led to racial disparities around access to education, healthy food, and safe housing, which are factors leading to youth incarceration. The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the crumbling structures in our communities that do not support Black and brown youth's health and in fact, have not provided equitable resources compared to affluent neighboring cities." - Simone Davis, CTJJA Justice Advisor
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