Rell closes Juvenile School
It's about time! This was a no-brainer for Rell to shut the Connecticut Juvenile Training School down and should of been closed a long time ago because the program never worked. If anything, the place was more of a prison than a training school and you can thank John Rowland for wasting your taxpayer's money into the construction of this pointless facility.
From the Stamford Advocate
Rell had asked the state Department of Children and Families for a report on what to do with the Middletown detention center, which cost $57 million to build and has been plagued with problems since it opened in 2001.
A half-dozen state agencies have been working on the recommendations since April.
Rell said she has to decide to close the center by 2008.
"I'm making the tough decision - the right decision - in closing CJTS," Rell said Monday. "It is increasingly clear that the programs at CJTS are not working."
The 240-bed facility for boys opened in 2001 to replace the old Long Lane School, but critics charged that it operated more like a prison than a school.
The contracts for the center, fast-tracked through the legislature, became the focus of a corruption probe into former Gov. John G. Rowland's administration. Rowland is serving a year-and-a-day federal prison sentence.