About Us

Providing secure, humane supervision and evidence-based rehabilitation while Promoting Public Safety with Respect, Professionalism, Dedication and Courage as One Team.

Mission Statement:

We reduce recidivism by providing safe, humane supervision and evidence-based rehabilitation to enhance public safety in New Hampshire.

Vision Statement:

A fully staffed workforce where everyone is professionally developed, where every individual is engaged in progressive rehabilitation, in state-of-the-art facilities.

Core Values:

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections is committed to fulfilling its mission by upholding the following values in order to achieve our common vision:

Dedication – We commit every day to doing difficult work, in a challenging environment, while maintaining professionalism and respect.

One Team – We achieve our best results while working together, and as part of cross-division efforts, in pursuit of our mission.

Courage - In the face of daily adversity, we demonstrate the physical and moral fortitude to use our authority appropriately and honestly.


NHDOC History:

The Department of Corrections was created by statute in 1983 and becomes operational. Governor John H. Sununu and the Executive Council appoint Ronald L. Powell as Commissioner. This action consolidated the previously independent Probation Department, Parole Department, and the State Prison into one state agency.

Today, the Department includes four facilities, three transitional housing units, one transitional work center, six divisions and eleven probation parole district offices.

The current Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections is Helen Hanks and the Assistant Commissioner is Paul Raymond, Jr.

Learn more about the chronological history of the NH Department of Corrections.

NHDOC Structure

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