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Default Northern NH Correctional Facility Berlin NH

Larry Blaisdell, Warden
138 East Milan Road
Berlin, NH 03570
(603) 752-2906

Visiting Hours - http://www.nh.gov/nhdoc/facilities/berlin.html
The FAQ page provides valuable information about visiting, mailing, and receiving phone calls from inmates.

Opened - April 28, 2000
Total capacity - 700 male medium-minimum security offenders
Offender Population on July 1, 2009 - 716.

The mission is to provide a safe and secure environment that will challenge individuals to develop their potential through personal growth. Promote meaningful learning opportunities that nurture responsible decision making, recognize and support development of emotional maturity and advance personal responsibility. Honor individual strengths, respect and embrace the commitment to disciplined teamwork as essential to safe and efficient prison management.
The facility operates as a Direct Supervision facility where officers are assigned to the same inmate living area day after day to work towards a mutual benefit of harmony and provide leadership examples for the inmate population.
NCF is located 120 miles north of Concord. The construction of NCF in the New Hampshire North Country has developed stable employment options for qualified New Hampshire residents and has contributed substantially to the infrastructure of the North Country economy.

NCF security and counseling staff are trained in the Therapeutic Community concept. Three NCF units operate TC models. These models serve to enhance programs and afford inmates an increased opportunity to confront their negative behavior patterns.
NCF provides drug/alcohol programming serving up to 120 men.

Other Programs
  • Domestic violence
  • Anger management
  • Positive mental attitude
  • Positive Connections (alcohol/drug education series)
  • Parenting skills
  • Education - geared to GED preparation and testing
  • Victim IMPACT Program -- strives to improve offender empathy toward crime victims/survivors and understanding about the many impacts of crime. It teaches inmates how crime harms real people -- physically, emotionally, and financially.
Library Services
  • Include scheduled recreational library and law library.
  • The core of NCF's recreational library material was built using the generous donations of reading material from libraries throughout the State Library system.
Two Vocational Training Programs
  • Certificates in CAD/CAM. Inmates enrolled in the CAD/CAM Program have completed special projects for Industries and Maintenance with positive results. Opportunities are being created for successful graduates to use these new tools in productive skill-building industry enterprises with outside contracts.
  • Recreational opportunities continue to be developed.
  • A basic Hobbycraft area affords inmates creating small crafts an opportunity to make articles for sale in the Department's inmate store, Corrections Creations, based in Concord.
  • The inmate Canteen is operational and operates on a bi-weekly basis with 325 transactions per draw.
  • Community Volunteers augment existing programming with weekend retreats offering Alternatives to Violence, marriage retreats and Kairos. With the assistance of volunteers from the NH community, NCF provides numerous opportunities for both Christian and non-Christian inmates to meet their spiritual needs through a variety of religious programs.
  • NCF Industries continues to develop and expand as the infrastructure for its operating base is created. Currently, forty inmates are employed by NCF Industries. Information Technology, Wood Shop, Caning and Upholstery Manufacturing Technology serve as the current base. As the operational base expands, NCF Industries will increase operations and expand specialty areas.

NCF strives as an organization to be a contributing asset to the community. Regular meetings are held with a group of citizens who sit on the Citizen Advisory Committee. This group comes from a broad spectrum of the community. They are educated on the operation of the prison and provide valuable feedback and suggestions from a community perspective. Numerous tours are given to educational and government groups. The Warden routinely briefs the Berlin City Council on prison activities.

The Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility employs 207 staff including 147 Corrections Officers and 60 non-uniformed employees.

Last edited by Cactus; 02-24-2010 at 06:59 AM.. Reason: updated
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