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A Conversation with N.H. DOC Commissioner Helen Hanks

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New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord

It's been called one of the toughest jobs in the state: Commissioner of the Department of Corrections. Since last November, Helen Hanks has held the position, overseeing three prisons, probation offices, and transitional housing units.  Also on her watch:  The opening of a new women's prison after a long legal battle over equal treatment for female prisoners, and protests over the practice of housing non-criminal patients in the state prison's secure psychiatric unit.

GUEST: Helen Hanks, Commissioner of the N.H. Department of Corrections. She has also served as Deputy Commissioner and Director of Medical and Psychiatric Services at the N.H. DOC. 

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