The women's prison in the northwest part of the city is being renovated to once again accept maximum security inmates.

Maximum security prisoners were allowed when the prison first opened in 1995. They were moved out a few months later, after a murder, several escapes, assaults and suicide attempts.

Construction on the 15-bed unit will begin in August and be completed by the end of summer 2002.Then the maximum security offenders will be kept separate from other inmantes.

"All programming will be delivered in the building they're in," says Janet-Sue Hamilton, the prison's warden.

She says this will make a difference because it will allow more intensive treatment of maximum security offenders.