Prison inmate families rally for better conditions

Spouses and family members of New Hampshire State Prison inmates held a protest outside the State House Thursday afternoon, calling for better conditions. Griseliz Glenn of Manchester said installing body cameras at the prison would restore privileges for visiting families such as a play area and vending machines. The group also accused state correction officials of violating state law in how prisoners can be placed in what amounts to solitary confinement. Tina Thurber, director of communications, marketing and wellness, said COVID-19 caused a halt to in-person visitations but they have returned to “relative normal” last month. Thurber said the play area can only be reopened “once the threat of COVID-19 no longer remains” since children can’t be vaccinated. Thurber said the agency is in compliance with federal court decrees regarding limits on inmate housing. “We continue to follow and institute changes to our practices as they pertain to the evidence-based practices on the use of restrictive housing,” she said.

Prison inmate families rally for better conditions