Senators from Connecticut, New York and Vermont say the Federal Bureau of Prisons has changed its plan for the Danbury Federal Prison  and now will build a new prison for women near the existing prison.  The current prison will be turned back to a men’s facility.

Danbury,  which since 1994  has been the only federal prison in the Northeast housing women had been scheduled to be turned back into a men’s prison. The senators raised concerns about that plan,  which would have sent many of the inmates out of the area to Alabama.

The Bureau of Prisons now plans to build a new prison for women near the current site,  and will maintain the satellite prison there for women.

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