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For Immediate Release

June 8, 2001

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

PRESTIGIOUS STATEWIDE AWARD GIVEN POSTHUMOUSLY TO NH-DOC PROBATION AND PAROLE OFFICER

(Waterville Valley, NH) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Field Services Director Larry Blasidell announced that the late Robert D. Bennett, a former Chief Probation and Parole Officer, received the Honorable William D. Paine Award at the seventh annual statewide conference sponsored by the Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence and the Attorney General's Office. The award is presented annually for those who have made outstanding collaborative efforts to fight domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Bennett, who died in January 2001 at age 36, was recognized as supportive and empathetic to victims. This is the first time a New Hampshire Department of Corrections employee has been recognized. Eighteen Carroll County legal and law enforcement leaders signed the nominating letter.

They praised him for his natural ability to connect with people. "Bob advocated for victims and took a strong and fair stand in court against violent offenders, both in sentencing recommendations and when they failed to follow court orders," the letter stated.

Blaisdell said, "This is a great honor for Bob's family and the Department of Corrections. We miss Bob very much and this is another way for us to remember the positive impact he had on so many lives."

William D. Paine is a former Carroll County Attorney and district court judge. The New Hampshire Department of Corrections Division of Field Services supervises more than 4,500 offenders statewide.

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