May 29, 2022


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COVID crisis at Danbury prison

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Inmates at the Danbury Federal Correctional Camp in Connecticut, also known as “Camp Cupcake,” have been overwhelmed by COVID-19. According to formal allegations from US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Representative Jahana Hayes, over half of the women currently incarcerated at Danbury FCI tested positive for COVID-19 this month, often receiving little to no assistance from staff, which has only exacerbated the ongoing crisis. Advocates are demanding immediate action, including calling for the Bureau of Federal Prisons to release all incarcerated individuals who are medically vulnerable to finish their sentences through home confinement.
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, co-host-in-training Charles Hopkins, better known as Mansa Musa, speaks about the ongoing COVID crisis at Danbury with Dianthe Dawn Brooks and Wendy Kraus-Heitmann. Dianthe Dawn Brooks is a community organizer who was formerly incarcerated at the Danbury Federal Correctional Camp. Wendy Kraus-Heitmann is an advocate who has a passion for criminal justice reform, ending mass incarceration, and assisting justice impacted individuals reclaiming their lives. She lives in Connecticut, where she works on securing housing for returning citizens.

Pre-Production/Studio/Post-Production: Cameron Granadino

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