CONCORD – The New Hampshire Department of Corrections today issued a Request for Information (RFI) in an effort to assess potential cost-saving measures that may be implemented to address corrections costs and to improve the state’s aging corrections infrastructure.
The comprehensive RFI seeks information regarding services, including programming to reduce recidivism, transportation and case management, as well as options for public-private partnerships to address the state’s corrections infrastructure.
“Particularly in these challenging economic times, it is important for the Department of Corrections to take an in-depth look at all the services we provide to ensure we are delivering them in the most effective and cost-efficient manner possible,” Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn said.
The State and the Department face significant challenges regarding infrastructure within Corrections. The women's prison in Goffstown and the men's prison in Concord are aging and inefficient facilities. The operational costs are increasing, and the costs to the State to replace these facilities are enormous. Replacing the men's prison alone could exceed $200 million, roughly equal to what the state would generally spend on all capital projects over four years.
In addition to programming and other services, the Department is also seeking information about potential ways to address Corrections’ infrastructure needs, ranging from a joint public/private partnership for a new regional facility to the possible upgrade and expansion of existing facilities.
“I believe that it's important that we gather information on a range of corrections services so that we can make informed decisions that will be important to planning for the future of New Hampshire corrections system,” Gov. Lynch said. “We owe it to the taxpayers to examine all of our options to ensure we can meet the long-term needs of the Department of Corrections as efficiently as possible.”
The RFI has been sent to both public and private entities that could provide the Department with information on the full range of corrections services.