About 400 women will remain at the federal prison in Danbury, Ct., and 1,337 will be transferred to prisons closer to their home states, reports Connecticut News Junkie. U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal announced that the federal Bureau of Prisons had reversed a decision to move all the female inmates to a new facility they built in Aliceville, Al., and make Danbury an all-male facility. The senators, federal judges, and inmate advocates had opposed the Alabama plan.
Under the new plan, there will be 900 to 1,000 men at Danbury, an existing camp facility will be renovated to house 200 female inmates and a new building will house 200 more. “There will be room at Danbury to incarcerate virtually every woman who is sentenced in the Northeast,” Murphy said. “Being sentenced to federal prison is punishment enough. These women shouldn't be punished again by being separated from their families and their children certainly don't deserve to be punished as well by being removed even further from their mothers.” Nearly 60 percent of Danbury inmates have chilren under 21.