Connecticut's child welfare commissioner said many improvements have been made at the state's juvenile detention facilities, including a stronger focus on rehabilitating troubled youth.
Commissioner Joette Katz made the statements during an information hearing the General Assembly's Children's Committee held on Wednesday about the Connecticut Juvenile Training School for boys in Middletown and the Pueblo Unit for girls.
It follows a recent Office of the Child Advocate report which found delinquent youth have been subject to unlawful and repeated restraint and isolation at both locations.
The Department of Children and Families operates both CJTS and the Pueblo Unit and Katz told state lawmakers that the population at CJTS has never been lower than today and that the frequency of restraints being used on the youth is also declining.
Additional forums and public hearings are planned in the coming months.