Nancy Boyda must have known the prison story was going to look bad, because the same day it came out, she wrote a column for her website explaining her support for more money for real prisons. The column was clearly a "rush job" with at least two errors that would have been found by someone spending any time editing it (I have a screen shot of it in case she goes back in to fix it now). It was also not timely. She simply was using it to try and give herself political cover as the letter had been sent by Boyda on June 11, 2007 - three and 1/2 months earlier.
It also begs the question, why use your political capital to get an earmark for a prison museum when you should have been using it to fix what you say is broken in federal prisons? A question Nancy never answered when asked on WIBW.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.