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Women's Prison Transfer Plan (May Be) On Hold

On August 2, a letter signed by U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Robert Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.), Angus S. King, Jr. (I-Maine), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) was delivered to the Bureau of Prisons, requesting that they reconsider the decision to transfer women to Aliceville from Danbury. Yesterday, an editorial from Piper Kerman ran in The New York Times, calling the decision to move inmates to a place that "might as well be the moon" a "second sentence."

Later that same day, Senator Murphy's office released a statement saying 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."


However, the Bureau of Prisons website still lists Aliceville, AL as a women's facility, and according to The Boston Globe, there is still no confirmation from the Bureau of Prisons that the move is suspended, but surely it wouldn't have gained traction in other media sources if it weren't, at bare minimum, being re-examined?

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