Brendan Dassey transferred to Columbia Correctional Institution “Details”

Updated: January 24, 2016
Brendan Dassey transferred to Columbia Correctional Institution

Brendan Dassey, one of the men documented in Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” has been transferred to the Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage.

Brendan Dassey, 26, is serving a life sentence for his part assisting his uncle Steven Avery in the 2005 murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc. On April 25, 2007, Dassey, 17 at the time, was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse and second-degree sexual assault, all as a party to a crime.

After Brendan Dassey was sentenced, he was transferred to the Dodge County reception center, then to CCI where he stayed for just over two years, then to Dodge Correctional Institution, before being returned briefly to Manitowoc County and then transferring to Green Bay Correctional Institution.

Despite Dassey’s now quasi-celebrity status, former CCI Sgt. Faye Hart said, “They probably won’t give him any special treatment.”

Dassey will likely be in a segregation unit to start with and will later be moved to a single cell and then general population, said former CCI Sgt. Tina Martin.

“Granted that the stuff is new to TV, but their case isn’t new,” said Martin. “And Steve Avery used to be in Columbia right after (he was convicted and sentenced).”

The DOC has not specified a reason for the transfer, but that inmate transfers are commonplace. The primary concern in their movement for DOC staff would be ensuring that Avery and Dassey are not housed in the same facility.

Avery is currently serving a life sentence in Waupun Correctional Institution.

A petition on, started by a man registered as from Biggleswade, UK, collected 10,643 supporters.

“Steven Avery should be exonerated at once by governor’s pardon, and the Manitowoc County officials complicit in his two false imprisonments should be held accountable to the highest extent of the U.S. criminal and civil justice systems.”

A spokesperson for Gov. Scott Walker told reporters on Jan. 5 that he has no intention of getting involved in the case.

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