PROGRAMS: Operation Impact
This program truly exemplifies the community spirit instilled in all HCDOC staff members. It is a drug and alcohol awareness program intended to provide the youths of our community with a snapshot of life within a correctional facility and the stark realization of the effects of incarceration on the individual and his/her family. It includes a tour of the correctional facility and a question and answer period with prescreened inmates. The program allows inmates the opportunity to share their life experiences with participants in the hope that they will learn from the mistakes of others.
In fiscal year 2011, the Operation Impact message was delivered to 285 participants from 14 different schools and youth organizations. Operation Impact is now a standard component of several high schools curricula. Several colleges in New Hampshire have also made a practice of including the Operation Impact program with their criminal justice related courses.
The Hillsborough County Department of Corrections gratefully accepts partial funding of this program by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the Hillsborough County Incentive Fund Program.
PROGRAMS: Rehabilitation & Self-Improvement
Although the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections certainly understands the need for the incarceration of individuals who cannot conform to the standards of today’s society, we also believe that these periods of incarceration need not be the simple “warehousing” of offenders. Inmates are encouraged to enroll in educational and self-help programs to increase their chances of success upon release and return to the community better prepared to face their own challenges.
The Hillsborough County Department of Corrections continually recruits volunteers from the community to provide a variety of rehabilitative and self-help services to the inmate population. We are extremely grateful to these volunteers and would like to acknowledge their efforts at this time.
PROGRAMS: Specialized & Faith-Based Inmate Programming
Thresholds and Decisions
This program is designed to “…help inmates clearly see their situation in life, choose appropriate goals, and to develop skills which increase the chances of attaining those goals...” Participants attend a two-hour weekly class, as well as, a weekly one on one individual counseling session. Inmates must complete homework assignments and meet attendance requirements to complete the program. In fiscal year 2011, a total of twelve (12) inmates met the requirements for graduation from this program.
Parenting Program for Parents of Preschoolers
This program is designed to help incarcerated individuals develop parenting skills. The group meets for two hours each week, for eight weeks and focuses on subjects such as raising a healthy baby, quality childcare, and discipline. This new program was successfully completed by approximately seventeen male inmates and was very well received. Prior to fiscal year 2006, the program was only offered to female Inmates
PROGRAMS: Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT)
In October 2005, the HCDOC was awarded a grant in the amount of $19,264 to implement a “Jail Based Residential Substance Treatment Program.” The grant was awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice and administered by the New Hampshire Department of Justice.
The HCDOC contracted the services of a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and began this twelve-week in-house treatment program in March 2006. The program focuses on cognitive behavior skills and relapse prevention. Program topics include the “Disease Concept of Addiction, Physiological Effects of Alcohol and Drugs, HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis, Guest Speakers from the Division of Employment Security, and Spirituality.”
Forty (40) pre-screened inmates graduated from the program in fiscal year 2011. The HCDOC has recently been advised that the grant period has been extended through June 2012. This will allow the HCDOC to continue the program past the original end date of September 30, 2006.
PROGRAMS: Work Release
This program allows non-violent, minimum-security offenders the opportunity for gainful employment outside of the correctional facility. It instills a sense of personal responsibility and work ethic, and helps to reduce the recidivism rate by releasing an individual back to the community with job skills and experience that they might not receive otherwise. Additionally, it allows inmates the opportunity to provide for their families outside of the facility, while they complete their periods of incarceration.
In fiscal year 2011, eighteen (18) inmates were returned to the community with gainful employment as a result of this program.
This program allows inmates the opportunity to study and test for a General Education Diploma (GED)