Bucks County Approves Women’s Prison Expansion

Photo by Michael Coghlan.

The Bucks County Commissioners have approved multiple contracts to expand the Women’s Correctional Facility in Doylestown. The goal is to reduce crowding in the prison and stop housing county prisoners in facilities out of the county.

A computer generated image of the expanded women’s prison. Image via Bucks County.

At $31 million, Commissioner Rob Loughery announced the prison will expand by 306 beds and 65,000 square feet.

“It is projected to eliminate all male and female out-of-county prisoner boarding when this project is completed,” Loughery said. This expansion will also stop the practice of using temporary housing for the large prison population.

However, the price tag dwindles in comparison to long term projected costs. Bucks County has spent more than $10 million in the past four years to house county prisoners in out-of-county facilities.

Construction is set to begin in September.