State struggles to find secure housing for troubled youth
September 24, 2019
More than a year after the Judicial Branch became responsible for housing and treating delinquent children, officials continue to struggle with finding private vendors to open secure facilities for the state’s most troubled youth.
… There are usually between six and 12 children waiting for a bed to become available in the Hartford and Bridgeport juvenile detention centers, said Catherine Foley Geib, the deputy director for Juvenile Residential Services. Each child waits in the facilities’ pretrial units for between 50 and 60 days, on average, though some have waited up to 80 days for a bed.
“The detention centers were not built to hold kids for long term, for months at a time,” said Martha Stone, a member of JJPOC and the executive director of the Center for Children’s Advocacy. Noting that the detention centers are “cramped” facilities that have small recreational areas, Stone said there needs to be more urgency in getting the minors out of there.