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Governor Presses for Transgender Teen’s Release

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s governor is pressing for a transgender teen to be moved from a Connecticut women’s prison where she has been held without charges for a month.

The 16-year-old girl, identified as Jane Doe in court papers, has been held at York Correctional Institution at the request of Department of Children and Families officials who said she was too violent and dangerous to keep elsewhere.

A spokesman for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the governor and the DCF commissioner agree the girl should be moved to another setting as quickly as possible. Spokesman Andrew Doba said Friday the governor hopes the transition can take place in a matter of days or weeks.

An attorney for the girl has said putting her in an adult prison violated her rights and he wants her placed with a foster family.

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