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CT official releases videos showing forceful restraints of juveniles

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

A Connecticut official has released surveillance videos of children being forcefully taken down, subdued and placed alone in padded rooms by staff at the state's two juvenile detention centers, as part of an investigation that found unlawful and repeated use of restraints and isolation at the facilities.

Child Advocate Sarah Eagan released the videos Tuesday.

They show incidents at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School for boys and the adjacent Pueblo Unit for girls in Middletown. Both are run by the Department of Children and Families.

DCF officials say they have already made a number of improvements at the detention centers, including banning the use of prone restraints.

DCF has posted the videos on its website.

Youth advocacy groups say prison-like facilities are not appropriate for troubled kids and the videos show the need for better options.

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