BERLIN, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn says a new women’s prison is the top priority for the department, but that a site hasn’t been selected yet.

Wrenn addressed the Berlin City Council this week. Berlin already has a state medium security prison and a federal prison is under construction.

The womens prison is in Goffstown in a building the state leases from Hillsborough County. There are currently 121 inmates at Goffstown, which has a capacity of 105. Wrenn said most of the facility is taken up for dorm space and there is not much room for programs.

Wrenn met with Berlin officials at the request of Berlin State Senator John Gallus, who said he wanted to give city officials a chance to consider a possible bid to host the facility.


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