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For Immediate Release

June 19, 2008

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

Women's Prison Recognized for Assisting Offenders with Addictions


(Goffstown, NH) The New Hampshire Taskforce on Women & Recovery (NHTWR) presented the inmates of the New Hampshire State Prison for Women with its annual recognition award and certificate of appreciation for their support of the organization’s work and mission on behalf of addicted and at-risk women, girls, and families. The recognition came during the organization’s fourth annual dinner and silent auction on June 16, 2008.

The certificate was accepted by Shea Farm Transitional Housing Unit resident Cheryl Rogers-LeClair on behalf of the women for their contributions to the community during their period of incarceration. Warden Joanne H. Fortier and her staff along with other female offenders were also present. Through the support and collaboration of the Department of Corrections, NHTWR produced a DVD made by the inmates of personal stories with prevention messages called “Shared Straight.” They also received recognition for being a voice to the Governor’s Interagency Council on Women Offenders and creating and donating quilts and crafts to help raise funds for prevention and recovery programs.

Commissioner William L. Wrenn said, “A majority of new offenders entering prison have a history of substance abuse. Organizations such as the New Hampshire Taskforce on Women & Recovery are important partners from which we can draw support in working toward successful offender re-entry into the community. Their recognition is greatly appreciated.”

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