Jane [Note: name has been changed] is a 16 year-old transgender girl. She has been in and out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems since early childhood, surviving unthinkable trauma and demonstrating resilience and strength. As a ward of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), DCF is her legal parent and guardian, responsible for her care and well-being. Jane was also in the custody of the juvenile justice side of DCF following a delinquency adjudication; she has never been convicted of a crime or faced adult criminal charges in Connecticut. Despite this, DCF is acting directly contrary to federal law and transferring her into the adult prison system without any criminal charges or convictions. It has been 14 years since DCF last invoked this exceptional and legally questionable procedure to transfer a young person into the adult prison system without charges.Is it a violation of a 16-year-old’s rights to place her in a prison with adult inmates even though she has not been charged with any crime? The youth is a female transgender child who was born male but identifies as a female.
Her treatment is appropriate and legal because she has “an extensive history of violence” against staffers and other residents of psychiatric facilities, according to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. After being remanded to an institution in Connecticut Jane, allegedly tried to walk off campus. When a male staff member bear hugged her from behind, she did what any 15-year-old would do who had been repeatedly raped, she fought back. The DFC version of the incident indicates that Jane broke the jaw of one staff member and blinded the other. The state police report according to her public defender said the staff members suffered minor injuries. One of the staff members was fired for the incident, and all charges were dropped.
She has been in DCF custody since age 5. A legal complaint filed in federal court by attorney Aaron J. Romano and the girl’s affidavit describe a series of hellishly violent homes in which she has lived off-and-on since that age.
“While in DCF custody, I have suffered immensely,” she added. “I feel that DCF has failed to protect me from harm and I am now thrown into prison because they have refused to help me.”
I personally feel so sorry for the way this girl is being maltreated because of her being transgender. There is no other explanation for it, if she has no criminal charges. Don’t they think she has already been through enough?