Special prison unit opening to help young female inmates

July 7, 2018

NIANTIC, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials will mark the opening of a new unit for young female prisoners.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Department of Correction Commissioner Scott Semple will be on hand Monday for the opening ceremony of the WORTH Unit at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, the state women’s prison. WORTH stands for Women Overcoming Recidivism Through Hard Work.

The unit will house young female offenders, ages 18 to 25, who are working to achieve successful lives after prison.

It’s modeled after the TRUE Unit for young male offenders that opened in March 2017 at the Cheshire Correctional Institution. TRUE stands for Truthfulness, Respect, Understanding and Elevating. It focuses on helping inmates through educational programs, family engagement and mentorships with older inmates, including some serving life sentences.

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