Parole Enhancement Program Expanded to Female Offenders

(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn announced that the 28 day Parole Enhancement Program is now available to female offenders at the Shea Farm Transitional Housing Unit in Concord. The program began January 2, 2008.

Women at risk of returning to prison for violating the terms of their parole are temporarily brought back to participate in daily class work using a gender-specific curriculum. A New Hampshire Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor teaches the class Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and requires the participants to complete homework and specially assigned projects each night and on the weekend. Upon completion, the women are returned to parole.

In the first month, eight females successfully completed the program and in February, six females were participating in it.

“Programs such as this that focus on successful offender re-entry into the community must be further developed and implemented in the Department. The early numbers are encouraging and we hope to build upon that,” Commissioner Wrenn said.

The original program was initiated at the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia in 2004 and it averages eight-to-ten male offenders per month. Ne arly three hundred inmates have completed it.