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Connecticut’s T.R.U.E. Prison Program Offers New Beginnings

Connecticut’s T.R.U.E. Prison Program Offers New Beginnings

Jordan and Tarence. “Connecticut’s T.R.U.E. Prison Program Offers New Beginnings.” Vera Institute of Justice. May 2, 2017.

At Cheshire Correctional Institute in Connecticut, the T.R.U.E. (truthfulness, respectfulness. Understanding, and elevating) unit reimagines incarceration for young men aged 18-25. The philosophy of the unit draws on lessons from American juvenile justice, international examples, and academic research. The T.R.U.E. unit provides an alternative to managing behavior without using solitary. In this blog post, two young men incarcerated in the T.R.U.E. unit detail their experiences.

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Keywords: reforms and alternatives, youth justice, conditions of confinement, young adults