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The Danbury Conn. Federal Correctional Institute. (AP/Douglas Healey)
The Danbury Conn. Federal Correctional Institute. (AP/Douglas Healey)

A plan to move one-thousand women inmates from a federal prison in Danbury, Conn. to Alabama is on hold for the time being.

After a group of Democratic senators told the federal Bureau of prisons to stop the transfer because it would eliminate the only federal prison for women in the Northeast.

The move is designed to help ease overcrowding, but critics say it would prevent many female inmates from seeing their families, which is something that has been shown to reduce recidivism.

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Rick Green, politics editor at The Hartford Courant.

Hope Metcalf, director of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale University where she teaches a clinic on prisoners’ rights in the United States.

Andrea James, former inmate at Federal Correction Institute Danbury and founder of the criminal justice reform organization Families for Justice as Healing.

This segment aired on September 9, 2013.

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