Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has stated that he is working to get “Jane Doe” a transgender juvenile out of an adult prison where she is locked up for 22-23 hours a day. She has been at the Niantic Correctional Institute for over a month. Advocates, including mental health professionals, LBTGQ organizations and other concerned citizens are rallying to have her placed in an environment where she can get mental health treatment.
Perhaps Malloy’s determination to get Jane Doe released was prompted by the letter she wrote him in which she severely criticized the actions of Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Joette Katz. Jane Doe has been in the care of DCF since she was five. She is now 16 and wants nothing more to do with DCF, according to the New Haven Register.
The Register reports that Jane Doe is pleading with Malloy to force the hand of Katz to get her out of prison. On May 9 Jane Doe’s attorney Aaron Romano told the Register:
“I think the DCF is playing a game, they’re stalling for time to keep her in there, they are refusing to negotiate They are not sitting down at the table with Jane Doe’s lawyers. The only person who can make anything happen at this point is Governor Malloy. My phone line is open.”