Fasano Statement on the Release of CJTS/Pueblo Videos by the Child Advocate

September 15, 2015

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following statement regarding the videos released today by the Office of the Child Advocate showing improper restraints and treatment of children under the care of the state Department of Children and Families in the CT Juvenile Training School (CJTS) and Pueblo Unit.

“I am glad to see government transparency respected with the release of these videos in full disclosure. As I watch these videos today I feel the same sense of shock, worry and alarm as I did when I first watched these videos weeks ago. As I’ve said before when I called for the resignation of DCF Commissioner Joette Katz in July, this is not about politics. This is about protecting kids. The Commissioner knew about these problems yet continued ahead with blinders on. She has refused to implement common sense reforms universally supported by independent child advocates and used successfully at other state juvenile facilities to improve conditions of confinement, program efficacy, transparency and outcome accountability for these children. That is unacceptable. Democrats offered no objections to reappointing Commissioner Katz nor did they question her past opposition to needed reforms. Now that the extent of the problem is undeniable, it is my hope that together we will take strong affirmative action to improve the system. These kids deserve better.”