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For Immediate Release

August 17, 2011

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

New Teleconferencing System Now Fully Functional

(Concord, NH) The New Hampshire Department of Corrections announced that a digital teleconferencing system that will allow for more efficient communication between its facilities and the courts is now fully functional. It replaces an analog system that had been in place since the 1990s.

The system was installed in the hearings rooms of the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord and the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin. Videoconferencing is also available with the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown and with the state’s courts.

The system is utilized for parole hearings, video arraignments, and other legal proceedings with the signal being sent via an Internet connection rather than the more expensive phone lines used in the past. The previous system was unreliable and would frequently disconnect during parole hearings and other legal proceedings.

The system was authorized during the 2009-2010 biennium and cost approximately $25,000 to install and should help reduce transportation and telephone costs.

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