(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn announces that a new Administrator for Women Offenders and Family Services has been appointed. Barbara R. Bowlus, the former DOC Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Program Administrator, has been selected for the position.
In 2006, the position was established to serve as a statewide policy advisor on issues concerning women offenders. The Administrator will provide technical assistance, plan and evaluate gender specific programming, directly supervise and manage the delivery of program services to women offenders in NHDOC facilities, and develop the resources needed to achieve the best possible outcomes for women and families.
Administrator Bowlus has worked for the Department since September 2010 in her capacity as PREA Administrator. Prior to coming to DOC Administrator Bowlus was a psychologist in private practice for twenty years.
“New Hampshire’s female prison population continues to face challenges and it is important to provide them with appropriate and ample opportunities to better succeed in the community. Barbara’s well-rounded experience with PREA and her understanding of the issues surrounding sexual abuse and substance abuse for women will be vital in helping to meet the needs of these offenders,” Commissioner Wrenn said.
Approximately 160 women are serving prison sentences in the State of New Hampshire.