Governor Malloy Ceremonial Signing of PA 16-147 - The Recommendations of the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee

Governor Dannel Malloy officially signed Public Act 16-147 “An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee” into law during the bill signing ceremony at the Capitol on July 7, 2016.   The Tow Youth Justice Institute (TYJI), at the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, University of New Haven, provides staff support to the JJPOC since 2014.

The legislation is comprehensive and provides for changes in the way judges order a juvenile be detained and placed into detention; it eliminates truancy cases from being processed through the juvenile court, establishes plans to address recidivism reduction and data tracking, statewide diversion efforts, educational needs for juvenile re-entry, and police training on juvenile matters.

"I am proud that Connecticut is taking this step," Governor Malloy said. "For too long, we have jumped the gun when arresting and detaining juveniles."

The bill is a great example of how the TYJI is meeting its mission to serve and support youth justice reform efforts in Connecticut through education, legislation, and policy and system reform. 

Malloy (From left to right)  Laura Downs, Consultant and Erika Nowakowski, Director of Youth Justice Initiatives and Kitty Tyrol, Director of Education & Training and Danielle Cooper, Ph.D., CPP, Assistant Professor of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven and Director of Research all with the Tow Youth Justice Institute, and members of the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee including Co-Chairs, Rep. Toni Walker and OPM Secretary, Ben Barnes, with Governor Dannel P. Malloy of the State of Connecticut.