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For Immediate Release

September 8, 2005

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

N.H. DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS STAFF TO ASSIST IN HURRICANE AFTERMATH

(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Corrections Commissioner Stephen J. Curry announced that seventeen New Hampshire Department of Corrections employees have been deployed to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Sixteen Corrections Officers and one Probation/Parole Officer are among the National Guard reservists being called to duty for this important mission thus far.

“The assistance rendered by these outstanding citizen-soldiers will be invaluable for the successful completion of the clean up and rescue operations underway in Louisiana and other areas devastated by the hurricane,” Commissioner Curry said.

Nine of the officers are assigned to the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord, four to the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin, and three from the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia. The Probation/Parole Officer is assigned to the Woodsville District Office.
 “We have been aggressively recruiting to fill vacancies throughout the department and we will feel the temporary loss of these employees. But we are proud of these volunteers, many of whom recently returned from Iraq, who embody the selfless dedication so critical to success in the corrections profession. We know they will contribute significantly to this most urgent humanitarian effort, so the remainder of us will gladly take up the slack on their behalf. We certainly wish them the best of luck on their mission and a safe return to their families and the department,” Commissioner Curry added.

People interested in a career in Corrections are encouraged to call 603-271-5650 or visit the NHDOC website at www.nh.gov/nhdoc.

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