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Education Programs:

  • Granite State High School is located at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord and is a fully accredited high school within its own school district. Inmates take the appropriate classes and fulfill state standards to receive their high school diplomas. Classes include: English, Mathematics, Science, Reading, Writing, History, and Social Studies.
  • At the NH State Prison for Women, education classes include General Science, Advanced Reading, Library Staff training, a poetry workshop, life skills, and reading comprehension. GED’s are available in English, Math, and Social Studies.
  • In 2006, the NHDOC will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the prison education program.
Vocational Education
  • Information Technology: Inmates learn how to build and design web pages, rebuild and upgrade computers, and learn typing, keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet and other database skills which are valuable and marketable skills to have as they return to the community.
  • Business Management: Inmates receive skills in accounting and a number of business dynamics programs. They receive an Accounting Technician Certificate upon completion. At the women’s prison, accounting and records keeping, word processing, spreadsheet, and desktop publishing and Human relations provide positive organizational and clerical skills in a business environment.
  • Hospitality Marketing: At the women’s prison inmates receive useful skills in the area of lodging and tourism development.

The 2007 Technology Education Brochure is now available here.

Auto Mechanics and Small Engine Repair: Inmates learn a variety of mechanical skills from doing oil changes to rebuilding motors. Certificates are awarded. Inmates that complete this program can qualify for positions as service station mechanics, auto mechanic helpers, auto service mechanics, or positions repairing small engines in various places.
  • Auto Body: Inmates receive marketable skills in renovating used cars, auto body painting, and masking vehicles. They can move to higher levels where they can receive skills in auto glass installation, installation of accessories, and frame straightening.
  • Building Trades: Inmates receive certificates in the areas of roofing application, carpentry, and residential wiring.
  • Food Services Management: Inmates work with staff to prepare meals for other inmates. They learn skills in table service, food sanitation, and Hospitality Management.
  • Culinary Arts: This is offered only to inmates at the Northern NH Correctional Facility. They learn specialized cooking skills.
  • Horticulture: The prison farm in Concord provides useful skills in agriculture and gardening.
Religious and Chaplain Programs

NHDOC has Chaplains who serve the spiritual needs of Christian and Non-Christian inmates. Many faith-based organizations provide volunteers to offer other spiritual guidance and services throughout the state. Prison Fellowship seminars, worship services and Bible Study classes are provided at the NH State Prison for Women.

Canteen Operations: Inmates working in the canteen obtain skills in proper warehousing procedures, inventory management, and stocking of shelves.

Substance Abuse Treatment: NHDOC offers a two-step substance abuse treatment. Level One focuses on psychological education and runs eight weeks. Level Two is more intensive with a separate series of programs including in-patient counseling, a therapeutic piece and relapse prevention. It runs six months and concludes with a graduation ceremony. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous volunteers provide support therapy and group sessions at all facilities

Sexual Offender Program: Sexual offenders account for nearly one-quarter of all inmates. The Sexual Offender Program is an intensive program based on a therapeutic community concept, which lasts approximately one year. There is also an Enhanced Relapse Prevention Program, which utilizes group sessions and workbooks and focuses on developing awareness of offending cycles, reduction of cognitive distortions, victim empathy, and coping.

Transition to the Community: In order to better prepare offenders for release LRF, was designated as a lower custody pre-release facility. Enhanced programs aimed at relapse prevention, release and reintegration were introduced at the facility during the course of the fiscal year. Offenders at NHSP/W are afforded the opportunity to participate in a Release and Reintegration group and receive topical information about preparing for parole through a parole presentation program.

28 Day Parole Violator Program: Not unlike the halfway back program, the 28-Day Parole Violators Program is a residential cognitive behavior approach to treatment to get parolees at risk of violating their parole back on track. It began operations in November 2004 and averages approximately six offenders at any time.

Wood Shop: Inmates learn to build standard office products such as desks, book cases and coat racks. They learn to work with tools and different varieties of wood.

Print Shop: Inmates learn desktop publishing, typesetting and camera work while printing letterheads, envelopes, reports, and other requested items. NHDOC installed a digital color press in 2005, which allows Correctional Industries to seek a wider variety of printing contracts and complete them in a more efficient fashion.

Sign Shop: Offenders produce street signs/traffic signs, engraved items, desk signs, name tags, and other products.

Furniture Shop: Inmates become skilled in assembly and upholstery of office seating, chair caning, and re-upholstery. This program is offered to offenders at NHSP/M and NCF. Parts of this program were expanded to NHSP/W in 2005.

Hobbycraft: This program affords inmates, who have been discipline free for 90-days, the opportunity to learn skills in woodcraft, leathercraft, ceramics, art, and sewing. Items made in the Hobbycraft programs can be sold at Corrections Creations, the prison retail store located in Concord. Hobbycraft Programs are run at NHSP/M and NCF. NHSP/W offenders may participate in volunteer-run art and sewing classes as well as the ABC Quilt Project, in which offenders make quilts and donate them to newborns of needy parents.

Recreation: Every facility is equipped with a variety of recreation equipment and apparatus intended to foster good health practices and promote positive activity. It is funded primarily by fees collected from offender phone calls.

Foster Pet Program: A new program at the women’s prison helps inmates learn animal care skills by fostering and socializing kittens so that they can be adopted into good homes. This program is run in conjunction with the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire which provides the kittens, the food, and veterinary treatment. The offenders act as caregivers. This is run at no cost to New Hampshire taxpayers.

Service Dog Program: Begun in 2005, the Service Dog Training Program is run at the Concord facility in conjunction with the community-based “Pathways to Hope.” It utilizes inmates to train dogs to become Seeing Eye or hearing assistance dogs. This is run at no cost to New Hampshire taxpayers.

Legal/Recreational Library: Each facility manages a library, which allows offenders to take out books for recreational reading or conduct legal and other research during regular hours of operation.

Life Skills: A wide variety of Life Skills Programs are provided to offenders at all facilities utilizing a combination of staff and volunteer resources.  Among those opportunities are coping skills, non-violent communication groups, anger management, self-esteem groups, adjustment groups, and health workshops.

Victim Impact: Some studies show offenders who learn and understand the impacts of crime are less likely to commit another crime. In partnership with victim advocates and correctional facility staff, a victim impact educational program is available to many prison inmates. IMPACT teaches how crime harms people and communities -- physically, emotionally and financially. It is an opportunity for inmates to improve empathy toward victims and other people. It offers opportunities for interested victims and survivors to be involved in correctional efforts to prevent further victimization in the community. IMPACT classes address the multiple effects of crime, including property/robbery, assault, homicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, hate crime, driving while intoxicated/drug offenses, child abuse and crimes against the elderly. Pre-post testing and other evaluation methods will measure whether inmates achieve a greater understanding about the impact of crime and improved empathy toward victims, survivors and others.

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