Former Female Federal Inmates Push For Sentencing Reforms

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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About 1,000 former women inmates, most of whom had served time in Danbury's Federal Correctional Institution, rallied on June 21 in Washington, D.C., where they spoke about how changes need to be made in regards to how the criminal justice system deals with women.

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  • I am so saddened ( after my anger subsided) at the comment made by BOP spokesperson Chris Burke in this article. The Bureau of Prisons is the ultimate authority on where prisoners serve their sentence. Contrary to his statement, offenders are sentenced to a term of imprisonment, not incarceration. The BOP then evaluates the inmate and places them in a facility according to their security and custody levels. Courts in every district reaffirm that the Bureau of Prisons has the authority to designate an inmate to any means available INCLUDING COMMUNITY CONFINEMENT. Mr. Burke‘s statement explains why the BOP does not acknowledge this authority at the institution level.... since he doesn‘t at the national level. Instead of banking on Congress to pass some real criminal justice reform, we should be urging the Bureau of Prisons to use the authority granted to it to correct overcrowding and overincareration. If the courts can‘t get it right, the BOP can at least make sure that inmates are in appropriate placement, which can include home confinement and halfway houses. Please contact the Bureau of Prisons and urge them to start acting NOW!

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