Tag Archives: New Hampshire

NH officials decide against private prison

From the article: “New Hampshire officials have decided against building a private prison to house state inmates after a consultant’s report raised serious security concerns about the arrangement and questioned whether proposals from four private companies addressed the state’s needs.”

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NH: Prison audits find disparity in services for female inmates

NH audits have found that the female prisons have fewer staff, negatively impacting the services and programs that are available to female inmates.  The audits also noted that reduced staffing in sex offender programs have resulted in some inmates being held in prison past their parole date, presumably due to legal requirements that sex offenders complete programming prior to release.  Auditors also suggested that the prison system utilize part-time employees rather than costly overtime.  In response, the prison system said that they have tried to make some of these changes, but that they were defeated by the union.

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According to the article, New Hampshire is going to use the Ohio Risk Assessment system (ORAS).  “The assessment looks at outcomes of rehabilitative treatment programs, reduces duplicate services, determines possible barriers to treatment, tracks the effectiveness of the treatment, generates inmate-specific plans and predicts the likelihood of an inmate reoffending.”

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NH prison to use new method to place inmates

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NH police investigate breach of prison computers

From the article: “New Hampshire state police are investigating how convicts at the state prison in Concord hacked into a sensitive Department of Corrections system and whether internal files had been corrupted.

The security breach was discovered last week by a corrections staff member working in the prison industries shops, corrections spokesman Jeffrey Lyons said. About two dozen inmates have access to a cluster of computers on a closed network.”

I am very much a proponent of inmate education, particularly computer education that they may not have received prior to incarceration and that is a necessary part of today’s workforce…at the same time, who didn’t see this coming?

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New Hampshire Lawmakers Are Pushing To Privatize The State’s Entire Prison System

“Last December New Hampshire’s Department of Correctionsissued three Requests for Proposals (RFP) to outsource all of its prison operations to one very lucky private corrections contractor.

The state has spent months soliciting bids to build and manage a men’s prison, a women’s facility, and a hybrid unit that would house both women and men.”

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Female inmates sue state over disparities

“Four female inmates are filing a lawsuit today against the state Department of Corrections for failing to build a permanent prison for female prisoners that has services equal to the men’s prisons.

The lawsuit is being filed by New Hampshire Legal Assistance and two lawyers from the Devine Millimet  law firm in Manchester. Ovide Lamontagne, a Republican candidate for governor, is a partner in the firm.”

Read more: http://www.concordmonitor.com/blogentry/348051/female-inmates-sue-state-over-disparities?CSAuthResp=1344910350%3A4ktbla93rs9qqlt7th4nira3p1%3ACSUserId|CSGroupId%3Aapproved%3A4F8C4A431AA12CC411794EF0FF37255E&CSUserId=94&CSGroupId=1

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