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A Look At Connecticut's Response To Young Offenders

CT Mirror

Nearly 2000 children are arrested each day in the United States. That's according to the Children's Defense Fund.

This hour, we check in with the Connecticut Justice Alliance which works to keep children and youth out of the justice system.

Although Connecticut is seeing an overall decline in its prison population, the vast majority of incarcerated youth are children of color. 

How might our state change the way youth offenders are punished, and rehabilitated? Advocates say it’s about working with the whole family, not just the offender. 

We want to hear from you.


  • Christina Quaranta - Executive Director with the Connecticut Justice Alliance
  • Fernecia Smith - Justice Advisor with the Connecticut Justice Alliance
  • Dara Lind - reporter with ProPublica
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