justice http://wnpr.org en Connecticut Child Advocate Criticizes DCF for Care of Transgender Teen http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-child-advocate-criticizes-dcf-care-transgender-teen <p>The Office of the Child Advocate is criticizing the Connecticut Department of Children and Families for its "public shaming" of Jane Doe after a recent incident at the state locked unit for troubled girls. Child advocate Sarah Eagan is also&nbsp;concerned about how often&nbsp;DCF staff is restraining youth at the state's locked facilities for girls and boys.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:58:35 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25775 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Child Advocate Criticizes DCF for Care of Transgender Teen Transgender Girl Moved to Male Facility in Middletown http://wnpr.org/post/transgender-girl-moved-male-facility-middletown <p></p><p>The attorneys for a transgender teen in the custody of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families want a judge to oversee her care. This comes after DCF moved her to an all-boys facility after she allegedly assaulted a youth and staff member&nbsp;over the weekend.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:06:48 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 25251 at http://wnpr.org Transgender Girl Moved to Male Facility in Middletown Jane Doe Will Be Transferred to Middletown Girls Unit http://wnpr.org/post/jane-doe-will-be-transferred-middletown-girls-unit <p>A 16-year-old transgender girl who was placed at York women's prison in April will be moved next week.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:52:47 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 24015 at http://wnpr.org Jane Doe Will Be Transferred to Middletown Girls Unit Young Black Men Pay a Hefty Price http://wnpr.org/post/young-black-men-pay-hefty-price <p>President Obama announced a five-year, $200 million initiative to help young black men succeed. It's called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/us/politics/obama-will-announce-initiative-to-empower-young-black-men.html?_r=0">"My Brother's Keeper,"</a>&nbsp;and aims to work with non-profits and foundations to search for solutions to the &nbsp;problems of young black men. Leaders cite school and job readiness, discipline, and parenting as a few of the problems they'll tackle, but it's &nbsp;mostly the bone-crushing poverty and low expectations that hold them back.&nbsp;</p><p>This well-intended initiative put forth to help young black men succeed will &nbsp;help a few beat the odds at the expense of the masses. The success feels good but may not change much.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:33:55 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 23431 at http://wnpr.org Young Black Men Pay a Hefty Price Transgender Teen Could Be Moved to Massachusetts Facility http://wnpr.org/post/transgender-teen-could-be-moved-massachusetts-facility <p>A 16-year-old transgender girl who's been held at Connecticut's women's prison for almost two months could be moved to a Massachusetts facility in the next couple of weeks.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:24:42 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 23142 at http://wnpr.org Transgender Teen Could Be Moved to Massachusetts Facility Talks Continue to Place Jane Doe With Foster Family http://wnpr.org/post/talks-continue-place-jane-doe-foster-family <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Advocates for a 16-year-old transgender girl at York women’s prison are working with the Department of Children and Families to find a foster family for Jane Doe. Her story continues to attract national attention.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:09:41 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 22924 at http://wnpr.org Talks Continue to Place Jane Doe With Foster Family When States Can't Control Violent Youth, Is Prison The Answer? http://wnpr.org/post/when-states-cant-control-violent-youth-prison-answer More than 4,000 children are in the custody of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families. But it's one girl, known as Jane Doe, who has galvanized advocates for juvenile justice reform and LGBT youth.<strong> </strong><p>Last month, a Connecticut judge approved a rare request from the state's child welfare agency: to move the 16-year-old transgender girl to an adult women's prison. She has not been charged with any crimes, but the state says she's too violent for a juvenile facility. Thu, 15 May 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 21925 at http://wnpr.org When States Can't Control Violent Youth, Is Prison The Answer? Transgender Teen at York Moved to Different Part of Prison http://wnpr.org/post/transgender-teen-york-moved-different-part-prison <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A 16-year-old transgender girl who has been detained at the state women's prison for more than a month has been moved to another location at the prison.</span></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 16:23:18 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil & Patrick Skahill 21763 at http://wnpr.org Transgender Teen at York Moved to Different Part of Prison Governor Malloy Pressures DCF to Move Transgender Teen Out of Prison http://wnpr.org/post/governor-malloy-pressures-dcf-move-transgender-teen-out-prison <p>Governor Dannel Malloy is calling for quick action to remove a 16-year-old transgender teen out of&nbsp;Connecticut's women's prison.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 20:26:08 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 21588 at http://wnpr.org Governor Malloy Pressures DCF to Move Transgender Teen Out of Prison Transgender Teen Asks Governor Malloy For Help http://wnpr.org/post/transgender-teen-asks-governor-malloy-help <p><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/transgender-teen-sent-connecticut-adult-prison" target="_blank">It's been one month since a 16-year-old transgender teen was sent to York Correctional Institution </a>after DCF&nbsp;told a court she was too violent to remain in its custody.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:44:44 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 21496 at http://wnpr.org Transgender Teen Asks Governor Malloy For Help DOC: Transgender Teen Will Remain at Adult Women's Prison http://wnpr.org/post/doc-transgender-teen-will-remain-adult-womens-prison <p>Attorneys for the transgender juvenile at a Connecticut women's prison say the Department of Correction will not transfer the teen to Manson Correctional Institution, a male facility.</p><p>Aaron Romano, who is representing the juvenile in federal court, is working with the DOC on a plan that he hopes will be more rehabilitative, despite the fact the 16-year-old is in a correctional adult facility.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:30:54 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 20032 at http://wnpr.org DOC: Transgender Teen Will Remain at Adult Women's Prison DCF's Handling of a Transgender Teen; Updates on a Heroin Epidemic http://wnpr.org/post/dcfs-handling-transgender-teen-updates-heroin-epidemic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. is in the middle of a heroin epidemic. It’s something that has become increasingly problematic in northeastern states like Connecticut. This hour, a panel of local reporters and health experts from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts share their stories.&nbsp;</span></p><p>We also hear about a controversial decision by the state Department of Children and Families to transfer a transgender teenager to one of Connecticut’s adult prisons, even though, as we’ve discussed on the show, the state now has a “locked” facility for girls like her. WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil joins us with more on that story.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 19964 at http://wnpr.org DCF's Handling of a Transgender Teen; Updates on a Heroin Epidemic Attorneys Go to Federal Court in Case of Transgender Teen at York http://wnpr.org/post/attorneys-go-federal-court-case-transgender-teen-york <p>Attorneys for a transgender teen recently placed at Connecticut's women's prison said the Department of Correction is expected to announce on Friday whether she will remain there, or be sent to a male facility.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, an attorney for the 16-year-old was in federal court Thursday morning.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:44:40 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19930 at http://wnpr.org Attorneys Go to Federal Court in Case of Transgender Teen at York Transgender Teen Sent to Connecticut Adult Prison http://wnpr.org/post/transgender-teen-sent-connecticut-adult-prison <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time in state prison history, a transgender juvenile is being detained at an adult prison.</span></p><p>The juvenile was sent to York Correctional Institution in Niantic on Tuesday after a judge transferred custody of the teen from the state Department of Children and Families.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:19:29 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19863 at http://wnpr.org Transgender Teen Sent to Connecticut Adult Prison Holder Speaks Out On Snowden, Drone Policy, Softening Sentences http://wnpr.org/post/holder-speaks-out-snowden-drone-policy-softening-sentences Virtually any time a major event ripples across Washington, the Justice Department is positioned near the center of it.<p>From the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner that carried three Americans on board to the fate of voting rights for millions of people, the attorney general has an enormous portfolio. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 18200 at http://wnpr.org Holder Speaks Out On Snowden, Drone Policy, Softening Sentences DCF’s Locked Facility for Girls; Sandy Relief Funds; Aid-in-Dying Legislation http://wnpr.org/post/dcf-s-locked-facility-girls-sandy-relief-funds-aid-dying-legislation <p>A few weeks ago, we held a conversation about the Connecticut Department of Children and Families’ proposal to open a second locked facility for juvenile justice involved girls. It’s a project that has been at the center of intense debate across the state, as many wonder if it’s the best treatment option for at-risk youths.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18141 at http://wnpr.org DCF’s Locked Facility for Girls; Sandy Relief Funds; Aid-in-Dying Legislation Grant Awarded to Study a Legal Partnership with the Veterans Administration http://wnpr.org/post/grant-awarded-study-legal-partnership-veterans-administration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A legal services non-profit that assists veterans has received a sizable grant to study outcomes for those getting help through the federal VA.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Haven-based</span><a href="http://www.ctveteranslegal.org" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> Connecticut Veterans Legal Center </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and its project partners in New York City received a two-year $700,000 grant from the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:01:15 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 15377 at http://wnpr.org Grant Awarded to Study a Legal Partnership with the Veterans Administration Death Sentences Nationwide Near Record Lows http://wnpr.org/post/death-sentences-nationwide-near-record-lows <p>A year and half after the repeal of capital punishment in Connecticut, death sentences nationwide are near record lows. That’s <a href="https://remote.cpbn.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/YearEnd2013.pdf" target="_blank">according to a report released today by the non-profit Death Penalty Information Center</a> in Washington, D.C.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:53:00 +0000 Diane Orson 14155 at http://wnpr.org Death Sentences Nationwide Near Record Lows Connecticut Panel Resurrecting Juvenile Sentencing Bill http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-panel-resurrecting-juvenile-sentencing-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state commission </span><a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&amp;bill_num=6581&amp;which_year=2013&amp;SUBMIT1.x=-679&amp;SUBMIT1.y=0&amp;SUBMIT1=Normal" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">discussed legislation</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> today that could give juvenile offenders an earlier opportunity for parole. The proposal would also eliminate life sentences without parole for inmates convicted of a crime committed when they were under the age of 18.</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:45:49 +0000 Patrick Skahill 12784 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Panel Resurrecting Juvenile Sentencing Bill Bonnie Foreshaw Granted Clemency http://wnpr.org/post/bonnie-foreshaw-granted-clemency <p>A state board has voted unanimously to release Bonnie Foreshaw from prison.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Foreshaw has served 27 years for fatally shooting a pregnant woman, but had garnered support from advocates who said she was unfairly tried and convicted.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:15:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 8698 at http://wnpr.org Bonnie Foreshaw Granted Clemency Foreshaw Asks for Clemency; Explosives in Fairfield; Debt Crisis http://wnpr.org/post/foreshaw-asks-clemency-explosives-fairfield-debt-crisis <p>The federal shutdown has been tough on a lot of people, as was made eminently clear this morning <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/how-much-longer-will-shutdown-last" target="_blank">during the Wheelhouse episode of <em>Where We Live</em></a>, when&nbsp;plenty of impassioned callers made their frustrated views known. Making matters a little tougher, the U.S. Treasury Department is running out of cash to pay its bills. More on that below in The Wheelhouse Digest, plus a link to watch the Bonnie Foreshaw clemency hearing live from Niantic.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:37:30 +0000 Heather Brandon 8897 at http://wnpr.org Foreshaw Asks for Clemency; Explosives in Fairfield; Debt Crisis Female Prisoner Has the Chance for Early Release http://wnpr.org/post/female-prisoner-has-chance-early-release <p>Bonnie Jean Foreshaw, a woman believed to be Connecticut&rsquo;s longest-serving female prison inmate, will have the rare chance for early release Wednesday. The clemency hearing is to be held at Gates Correctional Institution in Niantic.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:32:39 +0000 Diane Orson 8583 at http://wnpr.org Female Prisoner Has the Chance for Early Release New Agent in Charge; Mild Hurricane Season; Horses Are Vicious http://wnpr.org/post/new-agent-charge-mild-hurricane-season-horses-are-vicious <p>Whether it's the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Connecticut, the head of a nasty-looking anvil cloud, or the head of a horse you're looking to avoid: today's Wheelhouse Digest has you covered.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:48:31 +0000 Heather Brandon & Tucker Ives 5464 at http://wnpr.org New Agent in Charge; Mild Hurricane Season; Horses Are Vicious Who Pays For Indigent Defendants? http://wnpr.org/post/who-pays-indigent-defendants <p>Connecticut’s Supreme Court is receiving briefs in a case that could affect how the state pays for indigent defendants.</p><p>Dr. Lishan Wang is accused of the 2010 murder of a former colleague, Dr. Vanjinder Toor&nbsp;in Branford. Wang was briefly represented by the public defender’s office, but later won the right to defend himself.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:05:28 +0000 Diane Orson 5294 at http://wnpr.org Who Pays For Indigent Defendants? Meeting the Legal Needs of Veterans http://wnpr.org/post/meeting-legal-needs-veterans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Homeless veterans have told the VA &nbsp;that one of their top needs is finding legal assistance. The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://ctveteranslegal.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Connecticut Veterans Legal Center </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in New Haven is one organization that fills this need. &nbsp;Now the non-profit is working to build a network of similar legal service providers.</span></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:19:55 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 5227 at http://wnpr.org Meeting the Legal Needs of Veterans What's Work Worth? http://wnpr.org/post/whats-work-worth <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Betsy/Where%20We%20Live%2008-13-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p>It’s the set-up for countless plots in tv and the cinema: The low-wage worker accidentally gets his hands on the big boss’ paycheck and is flabbergasted by the numbers he sees.</p><p dir="ltr">Outside of Hollywood, here’s the reality: Workers on Wall Street earned an average bonus of $121,900 last year while the per capita average income was $42,693.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:03:15 +0000 John Dankosky, Catie Talarski, Betsy Kaplan, Tucker Ives & Heather Brandon 3931 at http://wnpr.org What's Work Worth? Jury Duty http://wnpr.org/post/jury-duty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American jury system is a great leveler.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rich and powerful men such as Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling of Enron, suddenly find their fates in the hands of very average Americans who earn and possess a tiny fraction of what they have.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of the news we get about juries concerns cases in which an unusual and possibly controversial verdict was reached.</span></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:49:11 +0000 Colin McEnroe 3932 at http://wnpr.org Jury Duty New Rules for Jury Duty and Pre-Trial Publicity http://wnpr.org/post/new-rules-jury-duty-and-pre-trial-publicity <p>Exposure to pre-trial publicity is an issue when it comes to selecting jurors. The state Supreme Court has issued a new rule that will affect every trial court in Connecticut. Right after a juror is selected, he or she will have to agree to a policy that says three things: They'll decide the case only using the evidence from trial, they'll avoid all publicity about the case, and if exposed to publicity about the case, they'll tell the court. That's the new rule. And, if you ask Mark Dubois, it's a significant one.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:17:37 +0000 Jeff Cohen 3950 at http://wnpr.org New Rules for Jury Duty and Pre-Trial Publicity Connecticut's Criminal Justice System http://wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-criminal-justice-system <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We talk this hour about the case of Bonnie </span>Foreshaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, serving the longest sentence of any Connecticut woman for the death of a pregnant woman. Her case is back in the news because of new revelations and high profile support. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:00:48 +0000 John Dankosky 3953 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut's Criminal Justice System Why The Justice Department's Eyes Are Upon Texas http://wnpr.org/post/why-justice-departments-eyes-are-upon-texas In the war over the right to vote in the U.S., the Justice Department's choice of Texas as the battleground for its <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/156015977/Justice-Department-VRA-Sec-3-lawsuit-against-Texas" target="_blank">first legal action</a> following the Supreme Court's weakening of the Voting Rights Act has a feeling of inevitability.<p>Texas, as its natives are always boasting, is exceptional. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:54:22 +0000 Frank James 1313 at http://wnpr.org Why The Justice Department's Eyes Are Upon Texas