Groundbreaking scheduled for new women's prison in Concord

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CONCORD, New Hampshire — The New Hampshire Department of Corrections says ground will be broken for a new women's prison on Aug. 18, two decades after the state was ordered to provide female inmates the same services as their male counterparts.

The new prison will be behind the state prison for men in Concord. It will have four buildings, including areas for health services, programming and education, visitation, industries and housing.

There will be two stand-alone general population housing units and one minimum custody housing unit. One of the general housing units will provide services for inmates with mental health and substance abuse needs.

The prison is estimated to cost $38 million.

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