New Hampshire Department of Corrections

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New Hampshire Department of Corrections
Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • New Hampshire State Prison
Annual budget$107 million
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionNew Hampshire, USA
Map of New Hampshire Department of Corrections's jurisdiction
Size9,350 square miles (24,200 km2)
Population1,315,809 (2008 est.)[1]
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersConcord, New Hampshire
Agency executive
  • Helen Hanks, Commissioner
New Hampshire State Prison for Men
New Hampshire State Prison for Women

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections is the government agency in the U.S. state of New Hampshire charged with overseeing the state correctional facilities, supervising probation and parolees, and serving in an advisory capacity in the prevention of crime and delinquency. As of June 30, 2013, the Department had an inmate population of 2,791, 15,267 on probation or parole, and 893 total employees, 470 as corrections officers and 64 as probation/parole officers.[2] The agency has its headquarters in Concord.[3]

The largest correctional facility in the United States is the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord.



The Division of Administration oversees the business operations for the Department of Corrections.

Commissioner's Office[edit]

The commissioner of the department shall be appointed by the governor, with the consent of the council, and shall serve for a term of 4 years from the date of appointment and until a successor is appointed.[4] The Commissioner is the chief administrative officer of the department and shall manage all operations of the department and administer and enforce the laws with which he or the department is charged. He shall report directly to the governor.[5]

Adult Parole Board[edit]

The Adult Parole Board is an independent agency that reports directly to the Governor. The board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor and approved by the Executive Council. Members serve five-year terms, and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. By law, three board members must preside over each hearing. The board is part-time, which means that members report for duty only when scheduled for hearings. Board members are always available to issue arrest warrants for parole violators, and to consult with parole officers regarding problem cases.

Correctional Industries[edit]

New Hampshire Correctional Industries is a combination of seven business units, manufacturing goods and providing services to hundreds of government and/or non-profit customers and a growing number of local businesses in New Hampshire. It operates businesses in the agricultural, manufacturing and service related fields. This wide diversity includes printing, graphic solutions, office furniture, home furniture, outdoor furniture, home accessories, firewood, produce, hay, re-upholstery, refinishing, fulfillment services, document and report hosting, a country store, and much more. It is capable of meeting many needs.

Approximately 300 inmates participate in this program each day.

Field Services[edit]

The Division of Field Services supervises New Hampshire offenders who are not currently incarcerated.

  • Probation - When an individual has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony and released into the community for supervision
  • Parole - A legal status whereby an offender convicted of a felony and sentenced to the New Hampshire State Prison is released into the community by the parole board.

Field Services is responsible for the following:

  • Approximately 4,000 people on probation
  • Approximately 1,300 people on parole
  • Approximately 350 people who are released on bail
  • Approximately 2,700 people who have been ordered to pay restitution to a victim
  • Approximately 60 individuals on administrative home confinement (sometimes called electronic monitoring or "ankle bracelet")
  • Approximately 500 people for other types of supervision

Field Services is also responsible for conducting presentencing investigations. These investigations are requested by a court of law. They include a thorough evaluation of the offender's criminal charge, a thorough review of the circumstances including interviews with affected parties, and a recommendation to the sentencing judge.

The Division of Field Services also supervises offenders on probation or parole from other jurisdictions using an interstate compact agreement.

Forensic and Medical Services[edit]

The Division of Forensic and Medical Services is responsible for the provision and coordination of all health and mental health services received by inmates at all facilities operated by the Department of Corrections.

Public Information Office[edit]

The Public Information Office coordinates the release of public information to the public and to the media.

Division of Community Corrections/Transitional Housing[edit]

There are three Transitional Housing Units, formerly called halfway houses, and one Transitional Work Center. These facilities are operated by the Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections and are responsible for providing treatment and services to offenders that are preparing to transition back into the community.

Bureau of Programs[edit]

The Bureau of Programs is responsible for the development and implementation of offender programs geared toward rehabilitation and offender change. Programs include Correctional Counseling/Case Management, the Corrections Special School District (Granite State High School), Family Connections Center, Intervention Services, Parole Violator (PV) Program, Women's Services, Spiritual and Religious Services, and Library Services.[6]

Victim Services[edit]

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections Victim Services Bureau provides services for crime victims and survivors consistent with their needs.[7]

State prison facilities[edit]

The Department of Corrections manages the operations of three secure prison facilities within the state:

Name Location Security level Capacity Prisoners Gender
Northern NH Correctional Facility
Medium and Minimum Custody
State Prison for Men
State Prison for Women
Medium-Minimum (mixed pop.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on March 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
  2. ^ NH Department of Corrections Annual Report for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013
  3. ^ "Contact Us." New Hampshire Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  4. ^ NH State Statutes RSA 21:H-6
  5. ^ NH State Statutes, RSA 21:H-8
  6. ^ NH Department of Corrections Annual Report for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2011, p. 10-13
  7. ^ NH Department of Corrections Policy, Procedure and Directive, #1.30

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