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A Chronology Of Failure A Brief History Of The Connecticut Juvenile Training School

August 02, 2005

* June 2004 -- Rowland resigns as governor. Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Dunbar pick national juvenile justice expert Donald DeVore to revamp training school; authorities close school admissions for two months. Legislative impeachment report shows Rowland allowed training school construction bids to go forward even though he knew process was tainted. Blumenthal and Milstein release another report saying school is ``in crisis and chaos.''

* July 2004 -- Blumenthal and Milstein issue report showing school still failing; 119 suicide attempts reported over past year, several close calls. They call facility ``dismal, unconscionable failure.''

* September 2004 -- DeVore dramatically reduces school census, finding alternative placements for youths. Rell tours training school, says ``huge turnaround'' since DeVore's involvement.

* October 2004 -- Rell authorizes $1.2 million for training school improvements including new desks, chairs, cork boards in every room; 72 boys now living at the school at annual cost of more than $514,000 per child.

* January 2005 -- Milstein publicly opposes plan to place juvenile sex offenders at training school to occupy empty buildings. State Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr. releases findings of preliminary study showing more than half of the boys at the school are getting into trouble again within six months of their discharge. Rell orders DCF to come up with better plan for serving children in the juvenile justice system by March 1.

* March 2005 -- Saying the shortcomings of the training school are now ``painfully and expensively obvious,'' Rell directs DCF to prepare plan for possibly closing facility by Aug. 1.

* August 2005 -- Rell announces she is closing the training school by 2008 and moving boys to smaller community programs. She also calls for creation of separate regional secure program for girls.

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