As Feministing has covered and continues to cover, the State of Connecticut is currently holding a 16-year-old trans Latina girl in prison under the ridiculous claim that there is no better place for her. She has been in prison for nearly 100 days, yet she has not been convicted of any crime. 16 year old “Jane” has been writing letters to the governor on her behalf, lawyers have mobilized a massive effort to get her adequate care that she needs, and supporters have been launching actions across the country, onlien an off.
Last week, as Katherine wrote for Feministing, Justice for Jane faced yet another major set back when it was announced that Jane was returning back to solidarity confinement at a male facility. There will be an action on Jane’s behalf this Wednesday in front of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families if you’re in the area to support. If you can’t make it in person, Justice for Jane campaigners urge supporters to continue putting pressure on Governor Malloy and DCF as well as writing letters to Jane herself.
As the organizers stress, while Jane’s case is one noteworthy instance, the movement seeks to bring justice to any and all children who suffer from similar oppression like Jane — from racism, transphobia, and the prison industrial complex. As they say, “Anyone who seeks to join Justice for Jane should be prepared to join in for the long haul.” This week we spoke to Justice for Jane campaigners IV and Al Ricco to learn more about Jane’s case.
Now without further ado, IV and Al Ricco from Justice for Jane!