Moratorium on Danbury prison transfer could outlast shutdown

DANBURY — The moratorium on transfers of female inmates from the Federal Correctional Institute off Route 37 could outlast the partial government shutdown, which had provided a last-minute halt to the controversial plan.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he confirmed that the hold put on transfers of inmates out of FCI Danbury — the only federal women’s prison in the Northeast — is now contingent on a meeting between Northeast senators and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, which may not take place for over a week.

“We’ve confirmed that no transfers will take place in the meantime,” he said.

Congress was working on Wednesday to pass a measure to end the shutdown, which had provided a last-minute hold on the transfers, a dozen of which were carried out before the shutdown took effect.

The plan has become increasingly controversial since the Bureau of Prisons announced it in July, citing a need for more minimum-security beds for male prisoners.

Dennis O'Malley