Bridgeport Detention Center:. Is an 88-bed Jail the Best Plan for Bridgeport’s Young People?. Fernando J. Muñiz Executive Director. About the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance.
Is an 88-bed Jail the Best Plan for Bridgeport’s Young People?
Fernando J. Muñiz
The Alliance was founded in 2001 by RYASAP, the Center for Children’s Advocacy, Connecticut Voices for Children and the Tow Foundation.
Our mission is to promote a safe, effective and equitable service continuum for children and adolescents involved in, or at risk of involvement in, the juvenile justice system.
Connecticut's juvenile justice system is a statewide system of juvenile courts, detention centers, private residential facilities and juvenile correctional facilities.
In Connecticut, delinquents are persons who, prior to their sixteenth birthdays, have violated or attempted to violate any federal or state law, order of the Superior Court, or any local or municipal ordinance.
DID YOU KNOW?
Only Connecticut, New York and North Carolina have 15 as the upper age of jurisdiction for juvenile matters.
The other 47 states set 16 or 17 as the upper age of jurisdiction for juvenile matters.
1. Issue a warning and release the juvenile.
2. Confer with parents and release the juvenile.
3. Make a referral to a community-based organization.
4. Make a referral to formal diversion services, where available (JRB, YSB, etc.).
5. MAKE AN ARREST.
Make an Arrest ?
Juvenile Detention ?
Adult System ?
Formal Handling ?
In the adult system, we would call this facility a JAIL.
Connecticut General Statutes Section 46b-133.
“Who are the Children in the juvenile justice system? A Snapshot of the Bridgeport Juvenile Court”, 2002
Murder Down 50.0%
Robbery Down 42.6%
Aggravated Assault Down 32.0%
Burglary Down 69.8%
Larceny/Theft Down 42.1%
Motor Vehicle Theft Down 69.0%
Arson Down 77.1%
Vandalism Down 60.6%
Weapons Down 71.0%
Drug Violations Down 48.6%
The Property Crime Index went down 51.67% from 1994 to 2001.
The Violent Crime Index went down 34.04% from 1994 to 2001.
The Total Crimes Index went down 48.5% from 1994 to 2001.
* Snyder, H., Puzzanchera, C., Kang, W. (2003) Easy Access to FBI Arrest Statistics 1994-2001 Online. Available: http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/ojstabb/ezaucr
OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/ojstatbb/population/qa01102.asp?qaDate=19990930. September 30, 1999.
But what if someday we need more space to accommodate overcrowding?
The Common Sense Test overcrowding?
"You cannot build your way out of overcrowding. Ultimately, how many beds you need and don't need depends on policy and program choices. Connecticut is going to be doubling its detention capacity at the same time the juvenile crime rate is going down. The supposed correlation between incarceration and reducing crime is mainly a myth."
- Bart Lubow, Senior Associate,
Annie E. Casey Foundation, January 2002