Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has chosen a national expert to oversee the state’s troubled juvenile justice system, including the detention center in Middletown, reports the Associated Press. Donald W. DeVore, who has worked since June as a consultant to the Department of Children and Families to help improve programs and operations at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, starts a new job as director of juvenile services on Sept. 24. He takes over amid allegations of mistreatment of youths at the Middletown facility, a lack of sufficient programming, and calls for a complete overhaul of the system.
“For too long, juvenile justice services in Connecticut have been failing our children. So too has the CJTS, even though tens of millions of dollars have been spent to build and operate this facility,” Rell said. “No more excuses. Our children, particularly troubled children, deserve better – much better.” Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a critic of the juvenile justice system, praised Rell for heeding some of his past recommendations.