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Jane Doe Will Be Transferred to Middletown Girls Unit

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Connecticut Dept. of Correction

A 16-year-old transgender girl who was placed at York women's prison in April will be moved next week.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families issued a statement on Friday afternoon that said Jane Doe will be transferred early next week to the Pueblo Unit in Middletown while DCF awaits final approval of a proposed placement in Massachusetts.

Pueblo is a locked unit for girls with serious issues who are in DCF custody. It opened in March and is where advocates say Jane Doe should have been placed. DCF Commissioner Joette Katz had long opposed moving Jane Doe to the facility saying it was inappropriate to serve her needs.

In Friday's statement, DCF said the decision reflects the progress she has made over recent months.

Earlier this year, the agency had gone to court asking a judge to approve the teen's transfer saying she was too dangerous for any DCF facility. The 16-year-old has experienced extensive physical and sexual abuse.

Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public's morning talk show, 'Where We Live.' She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.
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