Mar 20, 2017 3:10 PM
Staffing may delay opening of NH women's prison scheduled to be built this Fall
CONCORD — Construction of Concord's new women's prison, which is scheduled to be finished in the Fall, might have to delay it's opening.
The Concord Monitor reported that the department of the new prison is unsure how quickly it will be able to hire the approximate 80 officers it needs to guard the female inmates, which in turn might delay the prison's opening.
The department has struggled to hire enough officers to guard the state’s prisons in Berlin, Concord and Goffstown. In the 2016 fiscal year, more guards left the job than the department hired, leading to a net loss of 11 officers. Currently, the department has a class of 31 trainees, the largest in years. In the past, most trainee groups have hovered around 10 applicants.
Construction of the 224-bed women's prison is set to be completed by this fall. It will be located behind the men's correctional complex on North State Street.