It’s well established that women in prison who remain in close contact with their family members have better outcomes once they are released. In fact, the chances that they will lead law-abiding lives are significantly increased if they have regular family visits while in prison.
So, it seems not just cruel – but downright counterintuitive – to relocate women in a Danbury, Conn., prison to alternate prisons. No other federal facilities exist for women prisoners in the Northeast and these transfers will put their visits from family members in jeopardy.
The Ms. Foundation for Women believes in health, safety and economic security for all women. Those rights don’t end at the prison doors. Join us in urging the Bureau of Prisons to maintain Danbury as a prison for women and to keep all women, including non-citizens, as close to their U.S. residences as possible.
Keeping families together is beneficial to the women in prison, their children and all members of society.
- U.S. Attorney General
- Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons
Charles Samuels Jr.
- Christopher Murphy Patrick Leahy Richard Blumenthal
- Kirsten Gillibrand Charles Schumer Bernard Sanders
- U.S. Senators
Edward Markey Jeanne Shaheen Elizabeth Warren
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has itself acknowledged the importance of close connection to family. And research has shown that these connections serve as critical components of a prisoner’s successful reintegration to the community.
Yet, women prisoners in Danbury, Conn., whose residences are in the Northeast face separation from their children if that facility is converted to a men’s prison. With no other federal facilities for women in the Northeast, all current and future prisoners from this region would suffer from the loss of close and consistent contact with their children. Nearly 60 percent of the women currently at Danbury are mothers to children under the age of 21.
We ask you to continue your suspension of non-routine transfers from Danbury and to maintain Danbury as a women’s facility. Further, we urge you to keep all women, including non-citizens, as close to their U.S. residences as possible. The right to be present in your child’s life does not end at the prison door.
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