Wesprep, the on-campus prison activist group, is politely requesting your help:
CT automatically tries and sentences all 16 and 17-year-olds as adults, regardless of their crime. This policy has failed and must be reexamined: youth in adult prisons do not receive adequate rehabilitation or treatment in adult prisons, which does not change their behaviors or improve public safety. Later this term, the Connecticut legislature will be voting on ‘Raise the Age’ legislation to keep youth out of adult prisons. The more calls they receive encouraging them to support this legislation, the better, so please take a minute to make a call.
This week we are targeting:
1.) Senator Mary Ann Handley 860-240-0498
2.) Rep. Alfred Adinolfi 860-240-8700
3.) Rep. Bill Aman 860-240-8700
4.) Rep. Gerald Fox 860-240-8585
5.) Rep. Arthur O’Neill 860-240-8700
Here’s what you can say:
“Hi, my name is _______________ , from Middletown, Connecticut. I know that Connecticut incarcerates more kids under the age of 18 in adult prisons than any other state and I am calling to ask Representative/Senator _____________ to support efforts to “Raise the Age” and return 16- and 17-year-old offenders to our juvenile justice system. A bill addressing this issue will be introduced soon and I’m hoping the (Representative/Senator) will vote in favor of this reform.