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Welcome to the Corrections Dept.

Welcome to our Website.  Our staff consists of a Superintendent, Captain, three Sergeants and twenty uniformed officers. Other staff includes an administrative assistant, two full time and one part time nurse, one full time maintenance staff, the Programs Director and the Community Corrections Officer.

The physical plant is a mix of structures dating back to the 1860's.  Renovations were made to the original cellblock in 1947, the House of Corrections was added in 1971, the Annex in 1979 and the newest and largest addition was completed in 1989.  Historically, we have been attached, figuratively and literally, to the County Nursing Home and continue to derive food and laundry services from them.
  
Under State statue to ensure their appearance in court, the DOC houses all pre-trial inmates within the County charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses that are unable to make bail.  We also house inmates that have been sentenced to a year or less, also for misdemeanor and felony offenses.  

At maximum capacity, the facility can care for 110 inmates in housing areas we call "pods".  There are several pods of varying sizes within the building and a Classification Officer determines initial housing assignments.  The Classification Officer uses a number of factors to determine classification status, i.e: charges, pre-trial or sentenced, criminal history, history with the DOC, co-defendent issues and a host of other factors.  There are three main classification categories: Minimum Security, Medium Security and Maximum Security, each with their own sub-category of special needs.  Each week, a classification board, made up of the Lieutenant , the Programs Director and the Classification Officer reviews each new initial classification, interviews the inmate and makes modifications in classification status and housing assignment if necessary.  The board also reviews all inmate classifications periodically, as well as after any disciplinary action.

This website is currently being updated and in the near future, will include more detailed information on programs, an inmate handbook, more pictures, an FAQ section and other information.
 


Belknap County, New Hampshire  34 County Drive, Laconia, NH 03246    Phone:(603) 527-5400    Fax: (603) 527-5409
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