Tow Youth Justice Institute


Tow Youth Justice Institute logoThis academic-based institute at the University of New Haven is dedicated to the training and education of state and local officials, policy-makers and future leaders.

It is also designed to promote, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based practices, programs and policies related to youth justice, focusing on the needs of youth up to the age of 21.

Breaking News! 

The Public Hearing for House Bill 7286 - An Act Concerning Recommendations of the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee will be on Monday, March 20, 2017, 10 a.m. Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT, Room 2C. 
You can read the bill at This fact sheet provides more details, thanks to the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance.

A summary of the bill is below:

1) The creation of a centralized community-based diversion system that addresses the needs of at-risk and status offending children and youth within the context of their family, school, and community by providing early identification, screening, referrals, care coordination and subsequent appropriate intervention and services. More details of the community diversion system can be found in the fact sheet on House Bill 7286.

2) The elimination of all remaining Families with Service Needs (FWSN) offenses from court referral and diversion of such cases into the system described in #1 above.

3) The housing of 15-17-year-old children who are transferred to the adult court to be placed within an age and developmentally appropriate facility not under the Department of Correction. The pretrial portion of this population would be housed in the juvenile detention centers under the Judicial Branch.

4) A comprehensive plan for the design and development of a vocational/educational system for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

5) Annual reports to be submitted to the JJPOC on recidivism and other measures by DCF and the Judicial Branch.

6) An independent review of the CJTS population profile and placement tools, and issuance of a Request for Information (RFI) for possible replacement of CJTS with small community based-treatment programs.

If you want to submit testimony on any or all of these bills, please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to by 9 a.m. on Monday.

We have attached a fact sheet on House Bill 7286 provided by the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance.

If you have any questions, please contact Erika Nowakowski at or Donna Pfrommer at

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The Tow Youth Justice Institute is an exciting new venture that will benefit both the students and faculty at the University of New Haven and provide valuable training, research and program evaluation assistance to both public and private agencies involved in the youth justice system.

Mario T. Gaboury, Dean, Henry C. Lee College

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