The Connecticut Appellate Court ruled that the transfer last year of a 16-year-old boy who identifies as a girl to an adult prison was improper. The Department of Children and Families will now have to present “clear and convincing evidence” that a child is too dangerous to remain in DCF custody, that the department is not capable of controlling the child, and that there is some evidence that prison would be in the child’s best interest. The appeals court ruled that when a state judge last year granted DCF’s request to transfer Angel R., referred to as Jane Doe by anti-feminist transgender activists, to an adult prison with no new charges pending, he did not hold the department to a high enough standard of proof.
Angel is now 17, and has been back in DCF’s custody since last summer. He assaulted staff at the prison where he was held.