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Katherine Gonzalez of New Haven (Melinda Tuhus photo)

“I don’t understand why they have this idea that sending kids to jail is gonna help them,” cried Katherine Gonzalez, the mother of a 15-year-old boy who sits in prison alongside adult offenders.

“No, it’s not gonna help them.”

Gonzalez, of New Haven, spoke tearfully at a Capitol press conference organized by the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance to press state lawmakers to stick to its original implementation date of Jan. 1, 2010 for raising the age of juvenile offenders sentenced to adult prisons from 16 to 18. Gov. M. Jodi Rell called for postponing the date by two years as a cost-saving measure while the state deals with an $8.7 billion deficit.

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