Starting this month, the federal Bureau of Prisons will transfer the more than 1,000 women incarcerated in the main facility at Danbury to other prisons across the country to convert it to a men’s prison (the small satellite camp immediately adjacent, where I served my time, will still incarcerate approximately 210 women). The bureau says the plan will ease overcrowding in its men’s prisons.
This added geographic separation may as well be a second sentence for these women, who already have to make it through prison with limited visits from family, and for their children, who still need and want their moms. A mother’s incarceration has a devastating effect on her family, and experts say that maintaining contact with a parent in prison is critical to a child’s well-being. One in 28 children has a parent in prison today, and Danbury houses the mothers of at least 700 children.
The Bureau of Prisons, which is part of the Justice Department, plans to send most women from Danbury to a prison in Alabama, and possibly to other ones farther afield. For many families these new locations might as well be the moon.
File this under unintended punishment, truely (it’s only a pun after the next sentence). I couldn’t make it through the 1st episode of the show, but this article makes up for any bad taste it left me. Important and understudied concepts, notable points and bringing to light a more reasonable alternative. However, emotional tugs, as factual as they may be, are as good as whispering at a cockfight, girl. You gotta hit ‘em upfront with numbers, and ones more current than 2008, preferably factoring in what the feds used to come up with the initial proposal. This coulda been an easy one.