About New Hampshire Department of Corrections
The New Hampshire Department of Correction's mission is to provide a safe and humane correctional system by effectively supervising and treating incarcerated individuals. Additionally, the Department aims at providing a continuum of services that promote the successful transition of inmates into the community. To achieve its mission, the Department has various divisions and units which it mandates to perform respective roles.
The Division of Administration oversees the Department's business operations, including the management of finances. It costs an average of $44,400 annually to keep an inmate in prison and $576 per year to supervise individuals on probation/parole. The Division of Administration also oversees the Bureau of Services, budgeting, warehouse operations, offender services, and banking operations.
New Hampshire DOC runs and manages the correctional facilities in the state. These include the State Prison for Men, State Prison for Women, Northern NH Correctional Facility, and the Lakes Region Facility. These centers provide rehabilitation and educational programs and employment opportunities to incarcerated individuals. More so, the Department runs three transitional housing units that offer correctional programs to individuals before they are released back into the community.
Division of Medical and Forensic Services
The Division of Medical and Forensic Services addresses the inmates' behavioral, dental, and medical needs and fosters positive communication about health care to every inmate. This Division utilizes the professional services of government employees and private medical staff under contract with the DOC. It partners with community health centers to provide inmates with health care services unavailable in the facilities.
The Division employs professional health care experts as outlined below:
- Medical Providers: Nurses, Dietician, Physical Therapy, Dentists, Pharmacy staff
- Forensic, i.e., Psychiatrist Providers: Clinicians such as social workers, psychologists, licensed alcohol drug counselors, clinical mental health counselors, forensic examiners, and specially trained correctional officers
The Division's staff address the inmate's medical issues, including chronic illnesses, end-of-life care, preventive health care, and emergency services. The correctional nurses address acute diseases and emergencies, perform health screening, provide assessment and education, and provide clinical services to inmates in the correctional facilities. The Pharmacy services distribute over 200,000 prescriptions every year to provide medical services to inmates.
The Division of Field Services
The Division of Field Services supervises offenders who are serving their sentences outside the correctional centers. These include those in probation, parole, home confinement, etc. The Field Services Division handles an approximate of:
- 3,900 offenders on probation
- 2,400 on parole
- 150 people released on bail
- 10,000 individuals who the court have ordered to pay restitution or other court-ordered fees
- 35 offenders under the administrative home confinement
- 500 people on other types of supervision
Field services also carry pre-sentencing investigations, which the court of law may request. These investigations evaluate the offender's criminal charges, review the circumstances of the crime, including interviewing the victims and send a recommendation to the sentencing judge. Besides supervising New Hampshire offenders, the Field Services division supervises offenders from other jurisdictions and states. The Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision enables inmates to transfer to other states and serve their probation or parole. The Field Services supervises the ICAOS offenders using the Interstate Compact agreement.
The Division of Community Corrections
The Division of Community Corrections (DCC) provides inmates with programs and manages the transitional housing units. In New Hampshire, there is only one Transitional Work Center; the Corrections Transitional Work Center, Concord, and three Transitional Housing Units:
- Calumet Transitional Housing Unit, Manchester
- North End Transitional Housing Unit
- Shea Farm Housing Unit, Concord
Once inmates arrive at any NH DOC, the medical staff and DCC staff screen the inmates for physical and behavioral health issues and assess their risk of re-offending. The results determine which programs and health care best suits an individual's needs. However, DCC administers most programs in the last 24 months before the minimum parole date. The Division also administers various services to probationers and parolees. DCC places a case manager in most parole District Offices and counselors who work with Probation and Parole Officers to provide programs to offenders with a high risk of re-offending.
The Division offers the following services and programs:
Intervention Services Program
DCC offers the following intervention services:
- Thinking for a Change (T4C): The National Institute of Corrections provides the T4C program, an innovative and cognitive-behavioral curriculum. The curriculum entails cognitive restructuring, problem-solving skills, and social skills development.
- Seeking Safety (SS): This treatment addresses the needs of individuals with substance use disorder. It emphasizes stabilization and seeking safety from self-destructive behaviors or traumas by instilling safe coping behavior.
Corrections Special School District
The Corrections Special School District started its operations in 1999 and has been providing guidance, intake, and educational services to NH DOC inmates. CSSD is broken down into two operational areas:
- Granite High School: Offers academic programs such as high school education to inmates across the state. In the Goffstown and Concord facilities, Granite provides inmates with K-12 education, High School Equivalency tests, and classes to assist inmates working towards a high school diploma. Inmates can also participate in post-secondary education, but that depends on the facility.
- Career and Technical Education Center: Provides training that improves inmates' work skills in different employment areas. Inmates receive a certificate after successful completion of the program.
Family Connection Center
The Family Connection Center focuses on promoting a healthy relationship between inmates and their family members. In this regard, FCC does the following:
- Provide parenting education classes
- Set up internet video visits for inmates to communicate with their children
- Provides healthy relationship classes and parenting support groups
- Creates events for parent-child bonding, for example, the Children of Incarcerated Parents summer camp
DCC recognizes the inmates' beliefs, traditions, and religion and therefore allows inmates to practice their religion. DCC provides regular worship sessions, pastoral counseling, and group or individual religious study. Additionally, DCC accommodates dietary restrictions depending on one's religious beliefs.
DCC approves and makes group meetings and worship services available for the following faiths: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Jehovah's Witness, Native American Sacred Circle, Neo-Pagan, and Buddhist.
NH DOC Victim Services
The New Hampshire DOC strives to provide support and assistance to victims of crime and improve the safety of the public members. In this regard, New Hampshire DOC offers the following services to crime victims and survivors:
- Notification of Offender Status: Upon request, victims are provided with up-to-date details concerning inmate custody changes such as death, release, facility transfer, etc.
- Information, Referral, and Support: victims can learn about an offender's term in prison, the correctional process and get support from NH DOC.
- Protection from Harassment: The Department puts strategies like punishing offenders who intimidate or harass their victims to protect crime victims
- Accompaniment at Parole Hearing: Victims can attend parole hearings in person or send a written statement. Further, they can request the Victims Service staff to accompany them.
- Restitution: The Victims Service ensures that the Division of Field Services collects and disburses restitution to the victims of crime
- Prison Tours: To help victims understand how life in prison is, the Victims Service organizes prison tours for crime victims.
NH DOC Inmate Services
Inmates can receive visitors twice a week on Saturdays and Sundays. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department established new visitation rules. To view the current visitation information, visit the NH DOC Covid-19 microsite. Official visitors such as clergy or attorneys can see inmates on any day of the week. Visitors must fill out the visitor's application form and request the inmate to add them to their list of visitors. Further, children must also fill the children's attachment form and be in the company of an adult family member or legal guardian while visiting an inmate.
Incarcerated individuals can also receive letters of up to ten pages, written in blue or black. More so, loved ones can send up to two packages to inmates during the holiday season. However, the packages must be sent from an NHDOC authorized vendor.
Inmates can also make calls using the Global Tel Link (GTL) service provider. One can set up a prepaid or PIN Debit account by visiting the GTL website. GTL also provides inmate banking services that allow family members and friends to deposit funds into an inmate's account. However, one must be on the inmate's approved visitors list to deposit money into their account. One can make deposits on the prison kiosks or send a personal check or money order via mail.
NH DOC Offender Locator
The New Hampshire DOC inmate search provides information on individuals currently under the jurisdiction of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections. To search for an offender in the New Hampshire prisoner lookup tool, you can use all or part of the inmate's first or last name.
The inmate search will provide you with the following details:
- Inmate ID
- Booking date
- Housing facility
- Courts where the inmate’s cases have been heard
The information on the state prisoner lookup is obtained from the records at the DOC Offender Records Office located in Concord.