New Hampshire State Records
What are Inmate Records?
Inmate records allow interested persons to see and obtain information about persons who are incarcerated in any corrections facility in New Hampshire. Generally, the information provided includes the name, date of birth, physical description, charges, sentencing information maximum release date, case number, status of the inmate, whether or not on probation,statute under which the offender was convicted, and such other information that may be of interest to persons looking into the records of an inmate.
New Hampshire’s Corrections Agency Structure
The New Hampshire Department of Corrections (NHDOC) is the agency with overall supervisory responsibility for all the correctional facilities in the state including"
- NH State Prison for Men, Concord
- Corrections Transitional Work Center and North End Transitional Housing Unit, Concord
- Shea Farm Transitional Housing Unit, Concord
- NH Correctional Facility for Women, Concord
- Calumet House Transitional Housing Unit, Manchester
- Northern NH Correctional Facility, Berlin
The New Hampshire Department of Corrections also supervises persons on probation and parolees through its Field of Services Division which monitors persons who are currently not in the custody of a corrections facility. The Correctional Industries Division provides a wide variety of services and showcases inmates’ work to customers which include government, local businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
Other divisions of the NHDOC are
Adult Parole Board
Division of Community Corrections/Transitional Housing
Bureau of Programs
Public Information Office
Forensic and Medical services
Can Anyone Visit an Inmate?
Persons under the age of 18 are not permitted to visit unless they are accompanied by a family member or a guardian who has furnished a notarized Permission for Minor Children to visit an individual Under the Care and Custody of the NHDOC form. The NHDOC follows a special procedure and process to ensure the security and safety of minors visiting an inmate in any facility under their care. Adult potential visitors whose criminal history is evaluated and considered a risk to the corrections institution may be denied access to visit an inmate.
How to Visit An Inmate
Inmates are entitled to a maximum of 2 visits weekly, except for visits by an official visitor such as their attorney, government official, social worker or a clergy. Only visitors who have submitted an application form, have been approved and added to inmates visiting list are allowed. Visits are usually on Saturdays and Sundays. An unlimited number of immediate family members are permitted to visit.
Before a person can visit, the inmate must request that they are added to their visiting list. A prospective visitor must
- Completely fill out the information required on the visitor’s application form and the criminal record release authorization form with a notarized signature.
- Return the completed form to the facility, addressed to the inmate for processing.
- Wait for approximately 3 weeks for the completion of the criminal background check and other criteria for approval or denial.
- Once approved, it is advisable that the potential visitor confirms the visiting schedule with the facility or check on the NHDOC website for the visiting schedule for different categories of inmates ( Inmates are grouped based on their status within each facility and each category has a different visiting schedule). It is the responsibility of the inmate to inform potential visitors of the time and day to visit.
- Request for a copy of the visiting guidelines. The Visitor’s guide is required to be sent by the inmate to potential visitors once approved on their visiting list.
- Visitors must submit a valid photo ID such as US military ID, driver’s license issued by the US territory and non-driver’s license ID issued by the US territory. A minor's birth certificate may be required or a photo ID. Persons other than parents and guardians accompanying a minor must present a notarized letter by a person who is responsible for the minor permitting the adult to accompany the minor.
The NHDOC enforces a strict dress code that all visitors must comply with.
How to Send Money to an Inmate in a New Hampshire Facility
An inmate in any facility under the administration of the NHDOC can receive money by
- Mail. Money may only be sent by mail in the form of personal checks or money orders addressed to the inmate with their identification number stated. The name and address of the depositor must also appear on the envelope and the check or money order. There is a 30-day hold on personal checks to ensure the check is cleared before the money is deposited in the inmate’s account for use. There is no hold on money orders.
- Electronic transfers may be made through ConnectNetwork
- In-person by visiting the publicly accessible kiosks at NHDOC correctional institutions set up to receive money.
Inmates are entitled to a maximum of $1000 in their accounts. An excess on any amount sent which puts the inmate’s account above the allowed limit must be returned.
How to Obtain Inmate Records from Counties
Each County in New Hampshire has its own corrections department. Any interested person may obtain records by contacting the county of interest’s Corrections Department by phone, mail, or in person. Information may also be obtained from the official website. For instance, Belknap County NH Department of Corrections provides an online inmate search service that allows interested persons with information such as the name, gender, inmate number, age-range etc to lookup an inmate being remanded in Belknap. It also allows interested persons to search through the list of inmates booked on the date of search by clicking on the booked today button on the page.
How to Obtain Inmate Records from State Correctional Facilities
The New Hampshire Department of Corrections provides access to inmate records via an online web service. Interested persons with full or partial information such as the inmate’s last name or first name will be able to view information on all inmates with similar information. The information available would usually include the inmate’s name, age, sentencing court, maximum sentence, facility in which they are being held, date of offense, earliest possible date for inmate’s eligibility for parole, etc. For more information, an inquirer may contact the
New Hampshire Department of Corrections
105 Pleasant Street
P.O. Box 1806
Concord NH 03302-1806
Phone: (603) 271-5600
Full Criminal Case Details:
- Domestic Violence
- Parole Violation
- Probation Violation
- Sexual Assault
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- There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
- Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
- Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
- There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
- Some newspapers have reported the cost of a public record can cost between $5 and $399,000.
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