Prison tour

BERLIN — A class of teenagers watched a trained dog sniff out a hidden cellphone, heard from prison employees discussing their work, and talked to a convicted murderer during a tour of the state prison.

The 14 students at Berlin Middle High School got school credit. The Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility hoped for a few future recruits.

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What’s Working, a series exploring solutions for New Hampshire’s workforce needs, is sponsored by the New Hampshire Solutions Journalism Lab at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and is funded by Eversource, Fidelity Investments, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the New Hampshire College & University Council, Northeast Delta Dental and the New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education.

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