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.
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