A bill to temporarily house juvenile offenders in the former state prison in Windsor died in Sen. Joe Benning’s committee on Wednesday.

A bill to temporarily house juvenile offenders in the former state prison in Windsor died in Sen. Joe Benning’s committee on Wednesday. Sen. Dick Mazza, a Democrat from Colchester, called it a “no-brainer” for the Senate Institutions Committee to not move forward with S. 245: “An act relating to a secure facility for justice-involved youth.” The meeting was held via video conference. Essex-Orleans Sen. Russ Ingalls is also on the committee. The bill was a proposal from Sen. Cheryl Hooker to convert space at the former Southeast State Correctional Facility. which is owned by the state, into a 10-bed, secure home for juvenile offenders. The state has been trying to find a housing solution for juveniles who need to be in a secure living situation since the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Colchester was closed in 2020.

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