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Judge: DCF provided ‘ample evidence’ of violence by ‘Jane Doe’

HARTFORD, Conn. – A memorandum from Superior Court Judge Burton Kaplan details “ample evidence” of violence to support the transfer of the transgender youth known as “Jane Doe” into the custody of the Correction Department.

Kaplan filed the 22-page memorandum on May 6. It provides some details on the case that have not been publicly available because Department of Children and Families and juvenile court records are typically sealed.

But the case of “Jane Doe” captured public attention after the 16-year-old transgender female was transferred from DCF custody into an adult prison. Burton ordered the transfer at DCF’s request.

The department’s decision to employ a rarely-used law to put the teen in Correction Department custody has been criticized by child advocates, the Connecticut ACLU, newspaper editorials, and LGBT advocates. Many point out that “Jane Doe” is a minor imprisoned at an adult prison in Niantic despite not having been charged with any crime.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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