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Deputy Director Lara Herscovitch talks about the overuse of arrests in schools

New Haven Register, March 26, 2016WEBSITE

Poll Finds Support For Juvenile Justice Reform

CT News Junkie, March 9, 2016WEBSITE

CTJJA explains why Gov. Malloy’s plan to raise the age to 21 makes sense

Wall Street Journal, January 4, 2016WEBSITE

ED Abby Anderson on why incarceration is wrong for kids with drug problems

Connecticut Mirror, December 29, 2015WEBSITE

Training School to Close in 2018

Connecticut News Junkie, December 11, 2015WEBSITE

Gov. Malloy suggests treating more young offenders as juveniles

WSHU, November 9, 2015WEBSITE

CTJJA says past experience shows CT can raise the age to 21

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, November 6, 2015WEBSITE

Walker says what happens inside CJTS would be considered abuse if parents did it

Yale Daily News, September 18, 2015WEBSITE

CTJJA won't take on faith that CJTS is improving

Connecticut Mirror, September 17, 2015WEBSITE

CTJJA and partner groups support video release, reiterate call to close CJTS

Connecticut Mirror, September 15, 2015WEBSITE

Acting Director Lara Herscovitch tells legislators that it’s time to close the training school

Multiple news outlets, August 24, 2015
Connecticut News Junkie | Connecticut Mirror | Hartford Courant

Juvenile Justice Advocates Call for Closure of DCF’s Locked Facilities

Connecticut News Junkie, August 12, 2015WEBSITE

Alliance co-chair Robert Francis talks about the high rates of trauma among Connecticut’s incarcerated children

WNPR, August 12, 2015WEBSITE

Advocacy Group: Locked Units For Boys And Girls In Middletown Should Close

Hartford Courant, August 11, 2015WEBSITE

Youth prisons don’t work. Connecticut Juvenile Training School, Pueblo Unit for girls must close, August 11, 2015WEBSITE

Meriden Record-Journal calls for major reforms at CJTS

Meriden Record-Journal, August 5, 2015WEBSITE

In wake of Child Advocate’s report, Alliance calls for the closing of CJTS

Hartford Courant, July 28, 2015WEBSITE

CTJJA Co-chair Bob Francis says that juvenile prison is no place for traumatized kids

Connecticut Mirror, June 23, 2015WEBSITE

Executive Director Abby Anderson on why Jane Doe never belonged in adult prison

Hartford Courant, June 8, 2015WEBSITE

Executive Director Abby Anderson supports Judicial Branch's work in juvenile justice

New Haven Register, April 27, 2015WEBSITE

New Resource for Raise the Age Campaigns

Now that Connecticut is two years into full implementation of its Raise the Age reform, there is a wealth of data showing that the policy change is working. Crime continues to decline and overall juvenile justice spending is stable. These outcomes and the history of the Raise the Age campaign in Connecticut are documented at, along with tools that states working to raise their own age of juvenile jurisdiction are invited to use. The website is a project of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance made possible by support from The Tow Foundation. WEBSITE

Child Advocates Want Independent Review of Girls’ Detention Unit

Connecticut Health Investigative Team, September 11, 2014 WEBSITE

Individuals Can Do Something About Racism

Hartford Courant August 22, 2014 WEBSITE

Keeping Troubled Youth Out of Solitary

New York Times, June 12, 2014 WEBSITE

Executive Director Abby Anderson explains how DCF policy changes leave neediest kids out

Hartford Courant, May 23, 2014WEBSITE

Mother Jones’s coverage of Jane Doe: CTJJA explains how this tragic situation highlights systemic problems

Mother Jones, May 23, 2014 WEBSITE

Executive Director Abby Anderson talks with WNPR about the need to scale up good children's mental health programs

WNPR, May 2, 2014 WEBSITE

A so-called Knockout Bill would automatically transfer kids to adult court. Abby Anderson tells NBC30 why that’s a mistake

NBC30, April 30, 2014 WEBSITE

Facts and Figures on Connecticut’s Juvenile Justice System

Includes figures updated April 2014. WEBSITE

Alliance calls for more DCF oversight in wake of transfer of girl to adult prison

CT Mirror, April 15, 2014WEBSITE

Deputy Director Lara Herscovitch speaks out against New Britain High School holding room

New Britain Herald, April 13, 2014WEBSITE

New Haven Register editorial against “Knockout Game” law cites Alliance testimony

New Haven Register, March 20, 2014WEBSITE

Did raising the age bring down CT’s crime rate?

Connecticut Post, March 9, 2014WEBSITE

Is Connecticut turning away from juvenile justice reform?

Hartford Courant, March, 4, 2014WEBSITE

Executive Director Abby Anderson on the factors that catch kids up in the juvenile justice system

Connecticut News Junkie, November 26, 2013WEBSITE

Race, kids and a path to change

Connecticut Mirror, November 13, 2013WEBSITE

CTJJA Executive Director Abby Anderson discusses student arrests

Hartford Courant, June 21, 2013 WEBSITE