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Transgender Teen Held in Adult Prison in Connecticut

HeadlineApr 10, 2014

In Connecticut, a 16-year-old transgender girl is being held in an adult prison without any criminal charges against her, after the state Department of Children and Families told a judge it could not care for her. The state agency cited a statute that has not been used in 14 years, which they say allows the transfer. But critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union, say the teenager is being treated like a criminal simply because she is transgender. She was taken to a women’s prison on Tuesday, but could potentially be transferred to a male prison, even though she identities as a woman.

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