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For Immediate Release

January 14, 2003

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

NH STATE PRISON FOR WOMEN AWARDED NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

(Goffstown, NH) The American Correctional Association (ACA) announced that the New Hampshire State Prison for Women has been fully accredited for the next three years. Corrections Commissioner Phil Stanley congratulated Warden Richard M. Gerry and the 40 staff that work at the institution.

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.

All other Department of Corrections institutions as well as the Division of Administration were accredited in 2002. New Hampshire is one of only five states that have had all of their correctional institutions accredited. The accreditation of the Goffstown facility will be valid until 2005.

Commissioner 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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