Connecticut Prison Will Be First In U.S. for Those aged 18-25
Date:  12-21-2015

Prison will focus on brain development of young adults
Via the Hartford Courant


The state plans a new initiative aimed at inmates ages 18 to 25 that would dedicate one of its 18 existing prisons to male inmates in that age group, and create a separate program for women in that age range within York women's prison in Niantic.

The concept is based on research showing that the brain is not fully developed until the age of 25, said Michael Lawlor, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's chief criminal justice adviser.

"What we know to be true is that age 25, regardless of gender, is an important milestone in youth brain development," Lawlor said Thursday. "If you get it right, they're much less likely to re-offend down the road," he said. "If you get it right, you get really good outcomes.'

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