Shutdown Keeps Female Prisoners Closer to Home–For Now

Post Date: October 10, 2013

Cori Walters hugs her daughter Hannah Walters at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino(MSNBC) — The federal government shutdown has very few silver linings, particularly for women, but here’s one: the women in the federal women’s prison in Danbury, CT., are staying put, at least for now.

That’s a relief to the activists and Democratic senators who have fiercely opposed the planned move of the Connecticut women’s prison to Aliceville, AL, arguing it would tear families in the Northeast apart. They now have more time to make their case to the Bureau of Prisons.

“What we know is that the best way to reintegrate a prisoner back into the community is to allow them to stay in touch with their family throughout their incarceration,” Senator Chris Murphy told MSNBC. “That’s especially true for women, because they’re very often leaving young children behind.”  Sixty percent of the inmates in Danbury have children under 21. Read more