Feds investigate practices at youth correctional facility

November 5, 2019 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut advocacy group is applauding a federal investigation into housing practices at a high-security youth correctional facility.

Abby Anderson, head of the Juvenile Justice Alliance, said Tuesday she’s not surprised the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating use of segregation, confinement, isolation, restraints and other conditions at the Manson Youth Institute.

The facility, operated by the state Department of Correction, houses inmates ages 14 to 21.

Anderson says it’s hard for an adult facility to meet the therapeutic or rehabilitative needs of youths.

The Hartford Courant reports U.S. Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, wrote a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont and corrections officials stating the investigation will examine whether the facility’s restrictive housing practices violates the constitutional rights of Manson juveniles.