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Transgender Teen Relocated Within York Correctional

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s child advocate says a transgender teenage girl has been moved out of a mental health unit at the state adult women’s prison and placed in another part of the jail, as the girl’s supporters criticize her alleged isolation.

Child Advocate Sarah Eagan said the teenager was relocated Tuesday within York Correctional Institution in East Lyme. Eagan says the new location is less chaotic, but she’s not sure it’s less isolated.

The girl’s lawyer says she has been isolated since she arrived at York more than a month ago, and her supporters worry it’s causing her psychological harm. A judge ordered her into the prison after state child welfare officials said she was too violent to handle.

The Department of Children and Families denies that the girl is in isolation.

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