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For Immediate Release

December 18, 2009

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

Berlin Facility Segregation Unit Now Operational

(Berlin, N.H.) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn announced an operational change at the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility (NCF) in Berlin that is aimed at increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of departmental operations.

Beginning Friday, December 18, 2009 the NCF Administrative Segregation Unit will no longer be used for housing minimum security inmates. This unit was designed and built for the purpose of providing more restrictive housing for inmates that misbehave. Physical changes at the facility over the last several months provide adequate minimum security housing allowing for NCF to utilize the Administrative Segregation Unit for its intended purpose.

The decision to use the NCF Administrative Segregation Unit for inmates who misbehave and earn a higher classification has two principle benefits; administrators and staff at NCF will have a valuable tool for providing an immediate, certain and proportional response for dealing with inmate misbehavior while at the same time saving the Department significant costs related to the transportation of inmates between Berlin and Concord. Prior to this change, inmates who misbehaved were transferred to the NH State Prison in Concord for the necessary restrictive housing.

“This operational change can be accomplished safely within the existing staffing levels, security and supervision procedures now in place while providing appropriate custody-level supervision for all inmates,” Commissioner Wrenn said.

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