Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, located in Westchester County, New York, is the state's sole maximum-security prison for women as well as the reception center for all women committed to the New York State Department of Corrections. Bedford's history as a female penal institution dates back to the turn of the 20th century. From its earliest years as a reformatory, Bedford Hills has been on the forefront of penology and has served as a model for other prisons.

In the late 19th century, the women's reformatory movement and the flurry of concern ...

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