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For Immediate Release

February 13, 2003

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

NH DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PROPOSES LEAN AND EFFICIENT BUDGET

(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner Phil Stanley has presented a proposed $150.7 million biennium budget to the Governor's Budget Office. Commissioner Stanley said that the recommended budget includes closure of facilities and program revisions within the department. Commissioner Stanley stated, "I believe that these recommendations will maintain public safety and provide necessary efficiency." The recommendations include:

  • Closing the NH State Prison for Women in Goffstown. This will save a projected $7.4 million over two years. The female offenders will be moved to the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia.
  • Elimination of the Transformations Program. This is an educational program, which operates at the Lakes Region Facility through a contractual agreement with the Laconia Community Technical College. This will save DOC a projected $1.1 million in the next biennium.
  • Elimination of additional staff positions decreases the budget by $3.4 million in FY - 04 and $2.6 million in FY- 05.
  • Additional decreases in appropriations throughout the budget.

Commissioner Stanley added, "With the proposed staff cuts and program revisions, I do not believe that the mission of the department will be significantly altered. We will continue to provide for public safety, staff safety, and offender change with these actions."

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