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New women’s prison in Concord

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On Monday, March 26 New Hampshire cut the ribbon on a new women’s prison in Concord.

New Hampshire built the prison in response to a 2012 lawsuit that argued female inmates are housed in inferior facilities, offered less vocational training, and given inferior mental health treatment compared to male inmates.

The old women’s prison in Goffstown is designed to house 104 inmates, but currently holds 140. The old facility also has no chapel and no infirmary.

However, women cannot be transferred to the new prison in Concord until the Department of Corrections finishes hiring staff.

The Department of Corrections has struggled with staffing shortages for years, due to relatively low pay and high turnover. 

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Sonja

The lack of staffing in New Hampshire prisons is very concerning. Our loved ones that are employed within the prison walls and their safety has been of great concern for years for the families left behind each day. We understand some of these officers have been working with hundreds of inmates by themselves at certain times. Many of the current officers have been pulling 60-80 hour shifts, many hours being mandatory. The stress put on correction officers and their families is overwhelming at times.
The concern today, so often seems to be what is the best interest for the inmates. I ask you to think about and consider, what is the best interest of the NH State Corrections Officers? Consider the sacrifices these, "unseen" officers make every day, the struggles they have behind locked doors, and the lack of support they have while they are doing their best to serve the state of NH doing one of the most difficult and dangerous jobs in the USA.
Many people would never consider working in a prison, especially when the pay scale is so low compared to our neighboring states. The starting pay at the NH prison is close to what department stores pay their employees. Yet, working in a prison is much more demanding, stressful and dangerous. You can go online and compare the NH corrections officers pay, NH state troopers pay, and NH local police pay for your selves and you'll understand one of the reasons the prisons are understaffed.
My concern is that the NH State Corrections Officers are being forgotten, getting left behind, and not being valued for who they are, and what they do each and every day, when they choose to serve the state of New Hampshire behind our prison walls.
Please, don't forget the men and woman who choose daily to enter in, and serve within, our New Hampshire prisons.

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