NH News
7:29 am
Tue April 14, 2015

N.H. State Prison Not Allowing Greeting Cards For Inmates

Credit Photo by Jackie Finn-Irwin via Flickr Creative Commons


State prison officials are prohibiting inmates from receiving greeting cards, decorative postcards or stationery with drawings and stickers under a new policy meant to clamp down on the influx of drugs.

The Concord Monitor reports the policy goes into effect May 1.

Plain stationery and postcards with content written in pencil or ink will be allowed. Tourist postcards or those with designs or pictures of any kind will not. Envelopes are removed before written content is given to inmates.

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4:58 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

New First Aid Class May Help Some Avoid Mental Health Crisis

Students settle in for an eight-hour class in mental health first aid at the Sullivan County Jail.
Credit Jack Rodolico

Anyone can take a first aid class to learn how to perform CPR or splint a broken bone. But how should you respond to someone not in a physical health crisis, but a mental health crisis?

Mental health professionals in New Hampshire are promoting a course in mental health first aid. The goal is to train the general public to recognize the signs of mental illness - and encourage them to intervene.

For 20 years, Charlie fought bruising battles with mental illness. When he was at his lowest point, here’s how he describes his life.

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Word of Mouth
12:55 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

9.28.14: Enchanted Objects, Regulating Robots, & Prison Gang Origins

The Glow Cap pill bottle lights up when it's time to take your medicine.

In Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001 A Space Odyssey, fear of future technologies takes center stage in the form of Hal 9000, the sentient, yet sinister, computer in charge of spacecraft Discovery One.

On today’s show, an instructor at the MIT Media Lab envisions a brighter future, in which the interaction between humans and technology will be useful, and even playful.

Plus, we’ll take a closer look at prison gangs, their ability to maintain order behind bars and how they influence life on the outside.

Listen to the full show and Read more for individual segments.

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NH News
8:50 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Long-Awaited Women's Prison Project Breaking Ground

Gov. Maggie Hassan and other New Hampshire officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the long-awaited women's prison.

Related: Read Emily Corwin's story on how women's prison will be designed based on data 

Construction is beginning two decades after the state was first ordered to provide female inmates the same services as their male counterparts.

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NH News
2:35 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Art Exhibit Features Murals Created By N.H. Children And Incarcerated Parents

One of the murals on display at the Kimball-Jenkins Estate shows a son and his father playing checkers.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

An art exhibit featuring murals created by children and their imprisoned parents is on display in Concord this month.   

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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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Word of Mouth
10:22 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Clamoring For Tolstoy...In Juvie?

“Books Behind Bars” is program which pairs undergraduates from the University of Virginia with inmates at the Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center to read classic Russian literature. Prison staff notice a marked change in behavior among inmates who take the class, and researchers have documented similar improvements in decision-making, social skill, and civic engagement among prisoners and undergrads who participate in the class.

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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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Word of Mouth
11:02 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Inside Halden Prison

Photo by :Dar, via Flickr Creative Commons

Recent dispatches from the trial of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik have stirred politicians and online groups to urge Norway’s justice system to re-examine its maximum sentence of twenty-one years, given the severity of the charges.

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Word of Mouth
4:31 pm
Sat April 21, 2012

Word of Mouth 04.21.2012

(Photo by Leo Reynolds via Flickr Creative Commons)

Part 1:

Pay Less...Hate More?

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Remembering they were fathers first

Photo by Jackie Finn-Irwin via Flickr Creative Commons

We talk with NHPR's Dan Gorenstein about a new summer camp program being launched for kids of state prison inmates.

Dan's original story. 

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