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For Immediate Release

December 15, 2005

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

The NH DOC Receives Federal Funds For Additional Educational Programs

(Concord, NH)  The New Hampshire Department of Corrections is the recipient of $47,592 in federal funds from two Carl D. Perkins Education Grants administered through the NH Department of Education to improve vocational educational offerings at all of its facilities.  $42,465 will be distributed to the three male institutions serving approximately 2,400 inmates and $5,127 will go to the NH State Prison for Women in Goffstown serving 100 inmates.  The grants will fund education materials, equipment and software acquisitions to offer offenders a wider variety of job skills training opportunities for when they return to the community.
Significant equipment to be purchased in 2006 includes:

  • A transmission flushing machine and a wheel balancing machine for the Automotive Program at the NH State Prison for Men in Concord.
  • Food Service equipment for the Food Services Management Program at the NH State Prison for Men.
  • Computer equipment to expand the computer lab at the NH State Prison for Women.
  • Curriculum updates for the Business Education/Office Occupations Program at the NH State Prison for Women.
  • Software and supplies geared to career awareness for the minimum security pre-release programs at the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia and the Northern NH Correctional Facility in Berlin
  • Computer classroom equipment and accompanying office furniture for offender use.

Ninety-eight percent of all inmates will be released from prison someday.  These funds will address three priority areas to expand career and technical education for non-traditional programs for both genders; create career and technical education programs in areas where they do not currently exist, and coordinate career and technical education services for offender before and after their release.
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