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Hearing Looks At Allegations Of Discrimination At DCF Detention Facility

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State lawmakers are holding a public meeting to learn more about allegations of racism and discrimination at the Department of Children and Families’ juvenile detention facility in Middletown.

Reps. Matthew Ritter and Douglas McCrory, both Hartford Democrats, are sponsoring Monday’s informational session at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. It will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The meeting comes about eight months after a youth service officer at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, activist and minister Cornell Lewis, waged a seven-day hunger strike to draw attention to what he called a racist attitude at the facility.

DCF officials are not expected to attend the hearing because there is a pending lawsuit, filed by Lewis and three other black school employees alleging racially motivated disciplinary actions.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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