Attorney Warns Of Legal Action After Opening Of New N.H. Women’s Prison Delayed Again

Department of Corrections officials say they're having trouble finding people to work at the new $48 million prison. The facility will be complete by this fall, but officials say it won't open until sometime next year due to staffing issues.

Audio, Interview (New Hampshire)

Rick Ganley, Michael Brindley
NHPR (local NPR, NH)
July 31, 2017

Tags: Criminal Justice, Prisoners Rights

Organizations mentioned/involved: New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA)


New Hampshire Legal Assistance brought a class-action lawsuit in 2011, on the grounds that programs, services and training available at the Goffstown women’s prison were not on par with those offered to men. That prompted lawmakers to set aside the funding needed to pay for a new prison. That suit was stayed after funding was approved in the capital budget for the prison.

NHLA Managing Attorney Elliott Berry says he’s “very concerned” about the delay, and warns it could open the state to further legal action.

“Even looking through the end of Fiscal Year 2019, there is still no guarantee that they’ll have sufficient staff to have a prison that can be in parity with the men’s prison.”