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For Immediate Release

May 3, 2016

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

The NH Department of Corrections Recognizes its Own During National Corrections Employee Appreciation Week

(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan declared the week of May 1-7, 2016 as National Correctional Employees Appreciation Week. Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn plans visits to Department facilities this week to present bars and medals to over 60 employees for their extraordinary achievements in 2015.

National Corrections Employees Appreciation Week is the one week out of the year where we give thanks to and praise to the hard working employees in the Correctional settings. More than 800 men and women work in New Hampshire’s correctional facilities and offices including Corrections Officers, Probation/Parole Officers, Corrections Counselors/Case Managers, nurses, mental health clinicians and other medical personnel, teachers, shop supervisors and tradesmen, support staff, and accountants and other clerical/administrative professionals.

In her proclamation Governor Hassan stated, “Correctional staff are skilled professionals who must act as counselors, communicators and experts at crisis intervention and must preserve the safety of our lives and property, maintaining their professional demeanor, while often facing hostile, aggressive and intimidating behavior from prison inmates.”

She further said, “These employees possess the intuitive sense to resolve conflicts and save lives, while also possessing the physical ability to restrain persons representing a danger to themselves and others.”

Commissioner Wrenn will meet with employees at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord on Tuesday, The New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women in Goffstown on Wednesday, and the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin on Friday.

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