Connecticut will build a $15 million juvenile detention center for girls in Bridgeport so it can keep them out of adult prisons and other facilities scattered around the state, reports the Hartford Courant. Finding space for juveniles has been a problem since the controversial closure of the Long Lane School in 2003. Since then, some teenage girls have been confined at the state’s prison for adult women, provoking sharp criticism from child-welfare officials.
The new detention center for girls is expected to be approved when the 10-member State Bond Commission meets Oct. 30. Gov. Jodi Rell chairs the commission and controls the agenda, virtually guaranteeing approval for any project that she proposes. The state’s child advocate, Jeanne Milstein, said the Bridgeport center is “long overdue.”