Date: 
Jan 08, 2016

Several bills related to solitary confinement are being considered this month by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

Date: 
Jul 22, 2016

In 2010, 30 solitary confinement inmates of NH state prison went on hunger strike to protest extreme heat. The inmates were kept in cells with windows that could not open, without air conditioning, and were not permitted to go outside even on very hot summer days.

More recently, in Texas, the state corrections system has faced lawsuits related to the temperatures inside state jails.

Date: 
Oct 19, 2016

New Hampshire state prisons require that able-bodied inmates work a minimum of five days per week, unless attending school full-time. Jobs can include working in the prison kitchen or laundry, doing general maintenance, or more skilled work such as print making, furniture refinishing, woodworking or sign making.

women's prison
Date: 
Jul 25, 2017

In response to a lawsuit in 2012, the New Hampshire Legislature approved a new women’s prison in Concord.  That prison will be completed this fall, but the Department of Corrections expects it will be a challenge to fully staff the prison.

Date: 
Aug 29, 2017

Contract negotiations between the Governor’s office and the union representing the state’s corrections officers have been stalled for several months. The impasse is due largely to a disagreement between the state and Teamsters Local 633 regarding funding for officers’ wages.

Low pay and staffing shortages

Date: 
Sep 01, 2017

Earlier this year, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections implemented a new policy that limits prisoners and visitors from hugging for more than three seconds. The prison system also eliminated board games and vending machines from prison visiting rooms.

private prisons
Date: 
Sep 11, 2017

Several times this year, New Hampshire’s state prison system has made headlines— most recently, with the resignation of Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn in late August. The Department of Corrections is in the midst of a staffing crisis, which will likely delay the opening of the new women’s prison in Concord.

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