- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) - A proposed $8 million bond has been approved to fund the construction of a new jail and rehabilitation of an existing one in Laconia.

The Citizen reports (http://bit.ly/1XLZIto ) that the Belknap County Delegation approved the jail bond Monday. The proposal comes as heroin use has surged around the state.

The project, which includes a new 18,000 square-foot corrections facility, will cost $8.3 million. The plan also calls for improvements to the Belknap County Correctional Facility, including to its heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, fencing and roof, among other areas.

The facility will have programs to help inmates re-enter society. It is modeled after the Sullivan County House of Corrections in Claremont, New Hampshire, which has seen a dramatic decrease in repeat offenders.

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Information from: Citizen, http://www.citizen.com

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