Shumlin Wants To Move Women From St. Albans Prison

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Two years after it was converted to a women-only prison, Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans could be returning to its former status as a prison for men.

Governor Peter Shumlin wants to move the women now being held there to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Center, in South Burlington, and move men back in.

He says that will help maximize bed space – there are currently about 60 unused beds at the prison – and allow the state to return some inmates being held in out-of-state prisons and lease the rest to the federal government.

Shumlin will hold a news conference at the St. Albans prison today to discuss the plan.

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