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For Immediate Release

February 26, 2002

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

NH DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PROVIDES A WIDE ARRAY OF PROGRAMS AT THE LAKES REGION FACILITY

(Laconia, NH) The New Hampshire Department of Corrections wishes to clarify a public misconception about programs at the Lakes Region Facility (LRF) in Laconia. LRF does not operate a sex offender treatment program. Sex Offender Treatment programs are provided for inmates at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord and the Northern NH Correctional Facility in Berlin.

LRF is located on state property. As such, other state agencies are located on the same property, including a program for developmentally disabled sex offenders run by the NH Department of Health & Human Services.

LRF does provide a variety of other programs for inmates including First Step, Summit House, Transformations, and many educational and vocational programs.

First Step is a 60-day highly structured character development program for male and female inmates. It adheres to strict regimentation and discipline of a military model coupled with programs in substance abuse intervention, cognitive problem solving, individual accountability, and civic responsibility.

Summit House is a three-phased drug and alcohol substance abuse program. It includes 6 months of intensive treatment. Phase 2 is the work/education component, which runs approximately 2 months. Phase 3 consists of the final 3 months where the inmate is integrated into the community either from a halfway house or electronic monitoring.

Transformations is a cooperative effort between Corrections and the Departments of Regional Community Technical Colleges. The 14-16 week session provides inmates with resources for finding employment, living skills, and counseling and career planning. Inmates can receive college credits, which are transferable to any state technical college.

Some of the educational programs available to inmates include GED, English as a second language, math, blueprint reading, keyboarding and other technology education.

During the recent discussion in the legislature on HB-1439, relating to the Robbie Mills Sports Complex, there were comments that sex offender programs exist and are going to expand at LRF. This is simply untrue.

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