- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Department of Corrections is one of the few state agencies receiving an increase in Gov. Maggie Hassan’s $11.5 billion two-year budget proposal.

Hassan’s budget adds $25 million to the department’s general fund, or 10.7 percent, primarily to cover the cost to open and staff a new women’s prison in Concord. The current state budget included $38 million for building the prison after female inmates filed a class-action lawsuit against the state for poor conditions at the existing prison in Goffstown. The prison is projected to open in fall 2016.

The prison will have 224 beds and officials at the Department of Corrections are already worried that may not be enough.

Twenty-two state agencies aren’t receiving increases in the budget.


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