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When Beatrice Codianni went to Danbury federal prison for racketeering, she was lucky to have her family nearby. She joined protestors Tuesday morning on the steps of New Haven’s federal courthouse to seek to afford other women the same luck.

Codianni (at right in photo with fellow protestor Barbara Fair) was one of a half-dozen speakers who railed Tuesday against the imminent conversion of the Danbury federal women’s prison to the Danbury federal men’s prison. She spoke as part of a protest rally on the steps of the federal courthouse on Church Street.

Protestors object to the Federal Bureau of Prison’s plan—already underway—to move the women imprisoned in Danbury to other prisons around the country, in order to house men at the facility instead. Protestors said the move would be “inhumane” since it would make it harder for families to visit prisoners, which would increase the rates of recidivism.

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