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.