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For Immediate Release

March 9, 2006

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

New Parole Violators Program Shows Signs of Success

(Laconia, NH) The New Hampshire Department of Corrections reports that during the first year of the program’s existence, seventy-one percent (71%) of parolees who participated in the 28-Day Parole Violators Program have not returned to prison.

From December 2004 to December 2005, seventy-two offenders entered the program. Sixty-one of those successfully completed the program. Seven participants were removed from the program for rule infractions and sent to the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord. One parolee absconded from parole after entering the program.

Of the sixty-one successful completions, seventeen returned on parole violations, one returned to prison and three remained enrolled in the program.

“We are encouraged by the numbers and we hope to build upon these results for the continued success of the program,” Commissioner William L. Wrenn said.

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 so only those parolees who need to return to prison are returned. Parolees in the program agree to participate in lieu of returning to prison and remain on parole during the program. It operates at the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia.

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