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New Correctional Facility

About the Project
The District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DOC) operates and maintains the 450,000 square foot Central Detention Facility (CDF) and the 450,000 square foot Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF). CDF opened in 1976 and currently has a capacity to house 2,164 residents. CTF opened in 1992 and currently has a capacity to house 1,400 residents.

To support DOC’s long-term operational goals and vision and ensure continued public safety, Mayor Muriel Bowser allocated $463 million in the District’s FY 2025 - FY 2030 capital budget proposal to design and build a new correctional facility. A new facility will allow the District of Columbia (the District) to modernize its approach to justice and confinement so those confined will be better prepared to reenter the community and change the trajectory of their lives. The new state-of-the-art facility will meet the needs of the community and provide a safe and secure environment for residents, staff, and visitors. It will represent a focused commitment to the rehabilitation of District residents by defining physical space for educational and vocational opportunities; programming and rehabilitative services; substance abuse, behavioral and mental health treatment programs; and reentry supportive services.

Project Mission
The mission of the CTF Annex project is to replace the aging CDF with a modern, secure and resilient facility that has the necessary infrastructure to address the critical rehabilitation, treatment, and reentry needs of individuals in the custody and care of DOC. This significant investment is key to strengthening and advancing public safety and justice in the District.

Project Description / Timeline
The District has developed a phased approach to construction of the CTF Annex to focus on the highest operational needs as identified through the project’s Pre-Design phase. The phased plan takes advantage of long-term budget opportunities, conforms to the approved plans for the area, and allows the District to create a ‘one-complex’ vision. Completion of both phases will support the operational goals of the DOC and enable it to close the existing CDF.

Community Engagement/Project Feedback
Community engagement in the process of planning for the CTF Annex is critical, as the path forward relies on continued support from the community. Please use the form below to provide comments and questions about planning, design and construction of the facility.

Questions & Comments Form

A full project website will be launched and community engagement meetings will begin in Spring 2024.