Women's Prison

NH News
5:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Heroin Epidemic Triggers Prison Crowding: New Women's Prison May Be Too Small

NH State Prison for Women in Goffstown
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

In a November budget hearing in Concord, Commissioner of Corrections William Wrenn told lawmakers he feared the new $38 million prison they had funded – which is being built in Concord as I write this – would be too small. 

The fact that the state’s prison population has been growing steadily is well known. What’s new is a striking increase in the number of female inmates in state prison over the last six months. It’s 13 percent higher compared to 2013. That’s roughly four times the rate of increase among male inmates. 

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NH News
8:23 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Prison Program Allows Children To Spend Time With Incarcerated Parents

The N.H. Women's Prison in Goffstown
Credit Cheryl Senter / NHPR

Two children will spend the day with their mother who is serving time in a New Hampshire prison as part of program to strengthen families and reduce recidivism.

The program started in 2012 to give children a chance to paint, play games and dine with their incarcerated moms or dads while also attending a traditional two-week summer camp.

The program had to be scaled back this year when the overnight camp in Penacook closed for the summer due to a bed bug infestation.

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NH News
3:33 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Officials Break Ground For Women's Prison

The new State Prison for Women will be located behind the State Prison for Men in Concord.
Emily Corwin NHPR

State lawmakers broke ground for a $38 million State Prison for Women on Monday, thrusting shovels into dirt behind the tall wire fences of the Concord State Prison for Men. The prison will replace a former county jail that was meant to be temporary, but has housed the state’s women inmates for more than 20 years.

The new prison will include a chapel, classrooms, space for prison industries, and a courtyard with a garden.  It came about after female inmates sued the state for not providing the same opportunities as their male counterparts.

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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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