HARTFORD—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released the following statement in response to confirmation that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has agreed to temporarily suspend the transfer of more than 1,100 female inmates from the Federal Correctional Institution at Danbury, CT. Murphy called on the Bureau of Prisons to respond to critical questions raised by a group of 11 senators before continuing with its plan to transfer all female inmates out of the facility.
“I’m glad that the Bureau of Prisons has agreed to halt these transfers until they can provide some answers to some very serious questions,” Murphy said. “This transfer would nearly eliminate federal prison beds for women in the Northeastern United States and dramatically disrupt the lives of these female inmates and the young children they often leave behind. We understand that the small percentage of women inmates in the federal system means that some may well have to be at a distance from their homes, but of course, given the Bureau’s policies, the goal should be to have them as close as possible to protect against a negative impact on inmates with small children. I look forward to getting some answers from the Bureau of Prisons very soon.”
Click HERE to read the letter sent to the Federal Bureau of Prisons on August 2nd by U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bernard Sanders (D-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.), Angus S. King, Jr. (D-Maine), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Edward Markey (D-Mass.).