A group of activists holding a rally Tuesday cited an anonymous source at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution that told them about 30 inmates were improperly transferred last week. The Department of Justice has assured Senator Richard Blumenthal that during the government shutdown, no women have been or will be transferred from Danbury. Blumenthal remains opposed to what he called a wrongheaded decision which ensures that incarcerated women will be farther away from their families.
Meetings are being called for by Connecticut's two U.S. Senators over the stalled plan to convert the Danbury FCI back into a facility for men. Blumenthal has urged the U.S. Attorney General to meet with Senators before any action is taken and has been assured that such a meeting will occur.
Senator Chris Murphy says he's been promised a meeting with the Bureau Of Prisons in the coming weeks before they transfer any inmates and will again press the case against the plan in person. Murphy says he supported a rally Tuesday in New Haven aimed at raising awareness about the need to stop the transfers.
Blumenthal called the transfers shortsighted and says it will cause severe hardship, harm and pain for the young children of these women.