( Goffstown , NH ) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn announced that thirty-seven minimum security female offenders from the NH State Prison for Women were reassigned to the Strafford County House of Corrections in Dover to alleviate overcrowding. The Executive Council approved the $1.3 million dollar, two-year contract to house the inmates outside of the Goffstown facility.
“Since the beginning of the year the women’s prison has been operating at over capacity and this move was necessary to ensure the continued safe and effective operation of the facility,” Commissioner Wrenn said.
“The Goffstown facility was built to house 105 inmates but the increased population has required that common areas be converted into sleeping areas. The arrangement with Strafford County is more conducive to promoting an efficient operation and provides additional work and treatment opportunities for the women,” Commissioner Wrenn said.
The Department continues to look at long term goals for addressing the needs of female offenders. An administrator for Female Programs was appointed in July and the Department has assigned an additional counselor for the facility.