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For Immediate Release

July 17, 2003

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


(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner Phil Stanley announced that the Probation Academy Program is operating for the next two years under the supervision of new contract providers. The Governor and Executive Council approved contracts with low bidders to provide services for this innovative alternative sentencing program for offenders on probation in each county.

No additional revenue would be available for the Academy Program during the next biennium so operating costs were factored in during the bidding process. "Some existing vendors indicated that they would be seeking funding increases to continue providing these services. We knew that we would have to live within our means," Commissioner Stanley said.

The approved contracts will change the scope of the services to allow the Division of Field Services to utilize some of the services for non-academy offenders in lieu of violation or immediate return to the state prison. Those offender services include life skills, time management, job seeking/retaining, and interpersonal skills.

"One of the goals of the department is to reduce recidivism. Half of all offenders in prison are here on a parole or probation violation. It is our hope that this new flexibility will allow the department to better manage that," Commissioner Stanley added.

"The Academy Program is an innovative program and one that the department would like to use to its maximum capacity. This is a step toward that goal," Commissioner Stanley concluded.

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