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Debate Over Plan To Transfer Connecticut Inmates To Alabama

The Danbury Conn. Federal Correctional Institute. (AP/Douglas Healey)

The Danbury Conn. Federal Correctional Institute. (AP/Douglas Healey)

A plan to move one-thousand women inmates from a federal prison in Danbury, Conn. to Alabama is on hold for the time being.

After a group of Democratic senators told the federal Bureau of prisons to stop the transfer because it would eliminate the only federal prison for women in the Northeast.

The move is designed to help ease overcrowding, but critics say it would prevent many female inmates from seeing their families, which is something that has been shown to reduce recidivism.


Rick Green, politics editor at The Hartford Courant.

Hope Metcalf, director of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale University where she teaches a clinic on prisoners’ rights in the United States.

Andrea James, former inmate at Federal Correction Institute Danbury and founder of the criminal justice reform organization Families for Justice as Healing.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/barry.kort Barry Kort

    I am hoping to hear some expert opinion on the importance of family visits in the outcomes of families affected by the incarceration of family members.

  • Fedcure Org
  • txmom57

    Sorry to be the barrier of bad news. Since when does the FBOP and Washington give a dam about inmates, family member. Recidivism and the failed war on drug is job security for the FBOP and federal law enforcement. If they really want to ease overcrowding they would join us at http://www.fedcure.org and sponsor the Barber Amendment and send our family members home sooner. Rather then later when the family unit is totally destroyed.

  • fun bobby

    how would Martha Stewart fare in Alabama?

  • wvdsrv

    To drastic. Ok they misbehaved, but should society ?

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