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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