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NH News
6:21 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Trauma Statistics Inform New Women's Prison Design

Jodi Holmes (left) and Kara Bouchard converse at a table in the "mall" area at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

While you’re binging on new episodes of Orange is The New Black this week, here in New Hampshire, architects are working with the Department of Corrections to design a real $38 million state prison for women. 

And unlike most women’s prisons around the country, this 224-bed prison is being designed for the particular needs of women inmates. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn


We're sitting down with Corrections Commissioner, William Wrenn. We'll talk about the national trend toward prison reform, as well as the issues in front of his department, including plans for the new women's prison, and the state of New Hampshire's halfway house system.


  • William Wrenn - New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner
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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Pondering the Prison Population

NH State Prison for Men

With rising numbers of Granite Staters incarcerated, and ever-present budget constraints, some argue that it’s time to reform our approach to crime and punishment. But balancing innovation with public safety remains a concern. We’ll look at that latest thinking about some of the ideas out there- from alternative sentencing to rehabilitation.


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NH News
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Female Inmates' Lawsuit Spurs Action Among Lawmakers

Women cook their own meals at the Goffstown Women's Prison,but unlike their male counterparts, they can not receive culinary certification.
Emily Corwin NHPR

Nearly 24 years after the courts first ordered a new facility for female inmates, the New Hampshire House has approved a capital budget with $38 million set aside for a 224-bed women's prison in Concord.

A class action lawsuit is driving lawmakers to act now.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

New Hampshire Commissioner Of Corrections, William Wrenn

2013 is a year in which New Hampshire Commissioner of Corrections, William Wrenn will face some considerable challenges.  Facilities are packed, jobs have been cut, there's the on going problem of recidivism, and a huge debate over the privatization or partial privatization of prisons.  Add to that, a lawsuit filed last August against the State suggesting that women inmates aren't receiving the same treatment and access to services as their male counterparts.  Today we sit down with Commissioner Wrenn about this and take your calls.


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Holiday Shopping
7:30 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Furniture Store Sees Success In Selling Prisoner-Made Goods

Tim Barry taught himself to paint in prison. Now, like many inmates, he sells his work at Grevior Furniture in Franklin.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

With Christmas a week away, shoppers are crowding into malls, outlets, and downtown shopping districts looking for last-minute gifts.  But, for those looking for unusual handmade gifts, there’s another, unorthodox, option available.

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NH News
1:41 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Prisoners Sue State for Unequal Treatment of Women

Women's State Prison in Goffstown
Cheryl Senter NHPR

Four female inmates are suing the Department of Corrections for what they say is a disparity of opportunity compared to the male prisoners in the state.

Four women in Goffstown and Concord prisons have filed a suit alleging that the Department of Corrections is out of compliance with the 1987 federal court order that required the state to provide female prisoners with services male inmates already receive.

These services include vocational education, mental health treatment and housing programs.

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