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For Immediate Release

September 10, 2014

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

Inmates Parycipate in a Walk-a-Thon for the United Way

(Berlin, N.H.) Nearly 200 male inmates at the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility will participate in a “Walk, Run, and Roll” fundraiser for the Granite United Way-Northern Region on September 10-11, 2014. Inmates who participate in the facility’s Wellness Block are organizing the event.

The Wellness Block is a unit within the prison that provides support and treatment for mental health conditions, physical wellness, nutrition, education, and shows how it all comes together to help with an inmate’s rehabilitation and promotes their growth as a person.

Inmates hope to raise money for the United Way as a way to give back to the community. They are also using the event to show the public that they have learned valuable lessons about their personal well-being and the healing process by participating in the Wellness Block. Inmates who participate in the Wellness Block have had fewer disciplinary write-ups.

The event is happening over two days to allow a larger number of inmates to participate while maintaining a safe and secure institution. Their walk around the prison yard will be supervised by staff.

There are 675 male inmates incarcerated at the Berlin facility, which means more than 30 percent of the entire population will participate. Inmates are allowed to withdraw money from the inmate accounts to donate to the United Way.

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