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Child Advocate: COVID-19 lockdowns harming youth in prison

Connecticut's child advocate says efforts to control the spread of the new coronavirus inside the state's prison system have had unintended and harmful consequences for incarcerated children and young adults. In a report released Tuesday, Sarah Eagan said lockdowns and quarantines at the Manson Youth Institution during the pandemic resulted in what amounted to solitary confinement for many inmates between March and August. Her report also found that during the first few months of the pandemic, children received no educational programs in prison and limited mental health care. The department says mental health care for the youth population has continued throughout the pandemic.


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