Plan Scrapped To Move Female Prisoners from Danbury

by Categorized: Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal Date:

After sharp criticism from Northeastern senators, the federal Bureau of Prisons is scrapping a plan to move female inmates from the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury.

\"danburyInstead of moving the prisoners from Danbury to a facility in Alabama and converting the Danbury facility to a men\’s prison, the bureau will build a new facility for female inmates.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Patrick Leahy of Vermont sent a letter to the bureau last month asking it to reconsider the planned move, saying the distance would pose a hardship for the children of the inmates.

\”This is excellent news for the children and families of inmates in the Northeast, and we applaud the Bureau of Prisons for hearing our concerns and making this decision,” the senators said in a joint statement.  “The original plan put forward by BOP to transfer female inmates out of Connecticut would have nearly eliminated federal prison beds for women in the Northeastern United States, dramatically disrupting the lives of these female inmates and the young children they often leave behind. We are pleased that will no longer be the case.”

The senators have scheduled a conference call at 4:10 Monday to discuss the matter.

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