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For Immediate Release

March 29, 2002

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

THREE NH STATE PRISONS SCHEDULE PUBLIC TOURS FOR JUNE

(Concord, NH) In June, the general public will have an opportunity to look behind the walls of the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord, the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia, and the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin. The NH Department of Corrections announced a series of limited public tours of these facilities. This is the second consecutive year that these tours have been offered.

Corrections Commissioner Phil Stanley said, "The public has the 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."

In Concord, there will be three opportunities to see inside the facility on Friday, June 14, 2002 at 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 7:00 PM. In Laconia, the tour is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 6:00 PM. In Berlin, a single tour is scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 2:00 PM.

Those on the tour will have no contact with inmates. Public safety is the top priority. Refreshments will be served following the tours. Designated staff will describe different aspects of prison life and programs.

For security purposes, certain stipulations apply.

1. Each individual should arrive at the facility at least 20 minutes prior to the tour.
2. Each individual must have a proper photo identification (driver's license, Passport).
3. No pocketknives or weapons are allowed.
4. Pre-registration is encouraged by calling (603) 271-5600 by June 12 for Concord and by June 18 for Berlin. Pre-register with LRF by calling (603) 528-9200 by June 17.
5. Appropriate dress is requested.
6. The prisons are tobacco-free facilities. Vehicles parked on the premises must be secured.

A similar tour is planned for the NH State Prison for Women in Goffstown at a later date.

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