Indiana Women's Prison History
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The Indiana Women’s Prison is a maximum security facility which has the distinction of being the oldest and first adult facility for females in the United States. The facility was established on fifteen acres, 1.6 miles from downtown Indianapolis in 1869; the first seventeen offenders arrived in 1873. Until November 21, 2009, the Indiana Women’s Prison continued to operate at its original site for 136 years. Indiana Women’s Prison moved from the Randolph Street location to the current site at 2596 North Girls’ School Road, the former location of the Indianapolis Juvenile Correctional Facility which was named Indiana Girl’s School until 1996.
The Indiana Women’s Prison is unique in many ways. It is a maximum security facility which until November 2009 was located entirely within an urban residential neighborhood. The facility houses all the special populations of female offenders in the state. The pregnant, sick, mentally ill, youthful, elderly, and high-profile female offenders are all housed at the Indiana Women’s Prison. The challenges of managing such a diverse population are many and the methods of treatment and rehabilitation for each population of offenders are customized to meet the needs of that specific population.
The life of this facility is to prepare our ladies to re-enter the community with more skills and confidence than when they arrived here.