The state violated a transgender girl’s rights when it transferred her to an adult prison, Connecticut’s second highest court ruled.

The Associated Press reports [this link will take you away from the ACLU of Connecticut website], “A panel of the state Appellate Court said in a 3-0 decision that a lower court judge didn't hold the Department of Children and Families to a high-enough standard of proof” when the agency decided to initiate the transfer.

Dan Barrett, the Legal Director of The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, said the ruling [this link will take you away from the ACLU of Connecticut website] “raises the evidentiary standard that the Department must meet before it can transfer a child in its custody to adult prison. Any development in the law that makes it more difficult for the state to send children to adult prison, is a good thing.”

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