Judge sets hearing on transgender teen’s detention

Signage from an April protest that called for the release of the transgender teen. (Photo: WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on whether to order Connecticut officials to stop detaining a transgender teenager in an adult prison where she has been held for 58 days without criminal charges.

Judge Robert Chatigny will hear arguments June 16 in federal court in Hartford.

Lawyers for the 16-year-old girl, whose name is not being disclosed, are seeking an injunction barring the state from continuing to detain her in what they call solitary confinement at the state women’s prison in Niantic. They say her isolation is unconstitutional and causing her emotional harm.

The girl, who was born a boy, was transferred into the custody of state prison officials in April, after the Department of Children and Families said she was too violent for agency officials to handle.

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