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For Immediate Release

August 8, 2007

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

Running for Fitness Program Started at Women's Prison

Goffstown, NH) The New Hampshire Department of Corrections announces that a volunteer-run fitness program has generated significant inmate interest at the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown.

More than forty women participate in the running program three days a week since a volunteer running coach began offering the program in June.

The inmates learn proper running techniques and how to improve upon those while boosting their self-esteem and benefiting their physical health. They also learn to participate in the program as a team.

In the fall, the offenders will be permitted to participate in at least one five kilometer race with a local running team on prison property.

Acting Warden Joanne Fortier said, “This program has generated a lot of excitement with the women and has overwhelming participation when it is offered.”

“They are encouraging each other, providing support, and exhibiting a more positive attitude thanks to this program,” Acting Warden Fortier added.

Inmates must remain free of disciplinary reports for thirty days prior to entering the program and must remain discipline free once they are in the program. The program is volunteer-based and is no cost to New Hampshire taxpayers.

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