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For Immediate Release

May 8, 2001

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

NH STATE PRISON SCHEDULES PUBLIC TOURS

(Concord, NH) On Friday, June 1, 2001, the general public will have a unique opportunity to look behind the walls of the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord. The New Hampshire Department of Corrections is announcing a series of limited public tours of the facility.

Corrections Commissioner Phil Stanley said, "The public has a right to know how their taxes are used to operate the prison. They will have an opportunity to understand modern prison life and the programs that work to change offender behavior. We think this is information that is vital to the citizens of New Hampshire and their better understanding of Corrections as a whole."

There will be three opportunities to see inside the facility, located at 281 North State Street, Concord. The half-hour tours will occur at 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 7:00 PM. Those on the tour will have no contact with inmates. Public Safety is the top priority. Refreshments will be served following the tour. Also designated prison staff will describe different aspects of prison life and programs.

Interested parties should meet at the prison's visiting room entrance at least twenty minutes prior to each tour.

For security purposes, certain stipulations apply.

    1. Each individual must have a proper photo identification (driver's license, Passport)
    2. No photography or tape recording equipment will be allowed on the tours
    3. No pocketknives are allowed
    4. Pre-sign-up is encouraged by calling (603) 271-5600 by May 30.
    5. Appropriate dress is requested

The prison is a tobacco-free facility. Vehicles parked on the premises must be secured.

Similar tours are planned for the other three institutions at later dates.

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