On April 30, 1927, the first federal prison for women opens in Alderson, West Virginia. The Federal Industrial Institution for Women was initially for women serving federal sentences of a year or more and was designed to focus on reform, not punishment. Some said it resembled a boarding school. Prisoners farmed, did office work, cooked and even learned to sing. Today, there are nearly 1,000 inmates, most of whom are convicted of non-violent or white-collar crimes. Some notable former inmates include singer Billie Holiday and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart.