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Breaking ground on the new Women's Center for Change

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The transition from prison life back to society can be a rough one that is why state correctional officials have pushed for a new facility to be built in Waterloo.

On Friday morning officials with the State of Iowa and City of Waterloo broke ground on the new Women's Center for Change.

It will be a state of the art correctional facility and will address the needs of women who are on parole, probation, and work release.

The First Judicial District Department of Correctional Services received $6 million to expand space for housing men and women.

"Specific to the women, specific to this project hopefully it will go along way to providing the program and treatment they need and enable them to stay with their families or at least in the same communities as their families as they are receiving services from our agency," said Ken Kolthoff, Assistant District Director.

The women's center will also bring with it 19 full time positions.

Construction on the facility will begin next week. Officials say they expect to have the building finished by March of next year.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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