CT Adult Prisons a ‘War Zone’ for Youth Offenders

CT News Junkie
April 16, 2019

“Youth don’t belong in adult prison,” Goss said Monday morning as he waited to tell his story to a crowd of dozens gathered at the Capitol. “I’m here to speak about my experiences.”

Goss was among the panel for “Connecticut Youth in Adult Prison: Why and how other states have already ended this practice,” a presentation hosted by legislators and juvenile justice organizations (including the Center for Children’s Advocacy)  to present the reality that teens face every day while incarcerated.

What Goss described is what Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, called the “crib to coffin” pipeline. “People who look like me are born into the system and are dying in the system,” Porter said. “The system needs to be dismantled and rebuilt.”

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