New Hampshire’s plan to cut the prison population is slowly working, reports the Concord Monitor. The plan was instituted seven months ago by Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn. So far, he has identified about 50 illegal aliens for deportation, found two inmates eligible for early release and sped up parole for a few dozen other inmates who were awaiting help with their release plans, bringing the head count down by about 100 inmates.
More substantial reductions are expected in three new programs – one statewide, two in Merrimack County – that begin soon. In one, case managers and substance abuse counselors will work outside the prison to provide guidance and treatment for men and women on parole and probation. The Merrimack programs aim to reduce the jail and state hospital population by letting eligible offenders serve alternative sentences.