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Free Webinar: Reforming the Care and Custody of Young Adults Sentenced to State Prison, October 2 at 11:30 AM

Reforming the Care and Custody of Young Adults Sentenced to State Prison

Monday, October 2, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Beginning October 2nd, 2017, the Vera Institute of Justice will be accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) from state agencies interested in reforming the care and custody of young adults sentenced to state prison. To learn more about what such an effort looks like, Vera will be joined by the Connecticut Department of Correction (CT DOC) who will present on their effort to transform their approach to working with young adults.

Over the last year, Vera has worked closely with the CT DOC to design and implement a new approach for working with incarcerated young adults. In January, 2017, CT DOC opened the TRUE unit. TRUE stands for Truthful, Respectful, Understanding, and Elevating. Named by a CO working in the unit, and built up in partnership between young adults, staff, and mentors (men serving life, living and working in TRUE), this unit reflects the best of what we know from decades of youth justice reform and international best practices.

Vera has already expanded this work through a partnership with Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where a similar unit is in the planning stages. This webinar will kick off a further expansion of Vera’s work in this area, where we will select an additional jurisdiction to receive technical assistance. We will be accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) from state DOC agencies interested in partnering with Vera to advance young adult prison reform in their facilities.

During this webinar, participants will learn more about Vera’s work in Connecticut, including firsthand perspectives from DOC staff involved with the reform process. At the end of the webinar, Vera will discuss the LOI process, the requirements and application timeline for participating jurisdictions, and where to find additional information.


  • Alexandra Frank: Senior Program Associate, Vera Institute of Justice (Host)
  • Scott Semple: Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Corrections
  • Scott Erfe: Warden, Connecticut Department of Corrections – Cheshire Correctional Institution
  • Giuliana Mudano: Deputy Warden, Connecticut Department of Corrections – Carl Robinson Correctional Institution
  • Kenneth Butricks: Warden, Connecticut Department of Corrections – Bridgeport Correctional Center
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