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Nov 23, 2016 12:09 PM

NH corrections officials ask for $30 million more for labor shortages

New Hampshire corrections officials are requesting nearly $30 million more to be added to the state's budget to help pay for an ongoing labor shortage.

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About a third of the money would go to staffing the state's new women's prison in Concord, and some would go to hiring six new probation and parole officers to help run the state's new drug courts, NHPR reported.

The money would also help pay for overtime costs caused by longstanding staffing vacancies.

DOC Commissioner Bill Wrenn told NHPR that 115 corrections jobs are currently unfilled but he hopes that will change.

Last year the department went over its overtime budget by $6 million and expects to go over again this year.

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