Mar 21, 2015 11:12 AM

Bids for women's prison come in 50 percent over budget

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) - Construction bids for the new women's prison have come in over 50 percent higher than budgeted. State officials say that means its opening will be delayed at least a year, until late 2017.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of inmates over conditions and lack of programming at the women's prison in Goffstown was put on hold last year after the legislature approved $38 million for the new women's prison.

But the bids came in this month at $58 million. Officials say they are going back to the drawing board to radically amend the design.

Elliott Berry is one of the lead lawyers for the inmates. He says the legal team will meet to consider what action to take.


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