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For Immediate Release

January 29, 2002

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

NH DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AWARDED NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

(Concord, NH) The American Correctional Association (ACA) announced that all New Hampshire Department of Corrections facilities that were audited in 2001 were fully accredited for the next three years.

The accreditation program is a professional peer review process based on over 400 mandatory and non-mandatory national standards. ACA standards address services, programs, and operations essential to effective correctional management. Accreditation is a rigorous audit process that requires review of policies and documentation, as well as extensive interviews with staff and offenders. Through accreditation, the department is able to maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health, and safety of staff and offenders.

The facilities and divisions awarded accreditation include: the NH State Prison for Men, Concord; the Lakes Region Facility, Laconia; the Northern NH Correctional Facility, Berlin; the Secure Psychiatric Unit, Concord; and the Division of DOC Administration. Also accredited was the Division of Field Services, which includes 12 district offices, the Shea Farm and North End Halfway Houses in Concord and the Calumet Halfway House in Manchester. The accreditation for the NH State Prison for Women in Goffstown is up for renewal in 2002.

Corrections Commissioner Phil Stanley said, "I would like to congratulate the all department employees for their diligent work, which resulted in this positive outcome."

Stanley added, "The 1,200 uniformed and non-uniformed staff of the Department of Corrections achieved this by maintaining a level of professionalism that is recognized by state corrections departments nationwide."

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