To Lock Up Or Let Free: The Emerging Battle Over Juvenile Justice


Brittany LaMarr Credit: Contributed photo

Brittany LaMarr told a juvenile justice reform panel in Fairfield that she initially didn’t understand why the struggles she faced as a teen led her to several arrests as a young adult and prison time.

“I just knew I need to eat, I need to sleep somewhere, I have no stable home life,” said the 30-year-old, who is now a justice adviser with the Connecticut Justice Alliance.  

It wasn’t until she landed in adult court facing numerous burglary charges that LaMarr was able to receive help “excavating the reason why I interacted with the world the way I did,” she told the group, which included legislators, Fairfield police, youth advocates and policy analysts.

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