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Jun 7, 2016 4:40 PM

Old Merrimack County jail set to become rehabilitation center

The Associated Press

BOSCAWEN (AP) — Merrimack County officials have agreed to spend $6.8 million on a renovation project to turn the county's old jail into a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center.

The Concord Monitor reports the Boscawen facility is slated to house 70 minimum-security inmates and provide inpatient treatment and housing for work release programs. The renovation is scheduled to be completed by next year.

Corrections Superintendent Ross Cunningham said it's "an amazing day" for the community, the corrections department and staff that work at the jail following the bipartisan delegation's 22-6 vote.

County officials seek to emulate the model Cunningham set in Sullivan County, where recidivism has dropped as low as 18 percent. The rate of re-offending in Merrimack County remains at more than 50 percent.

Monday's vote didn't include projected operating and staffing costs.

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