14 State Prison Corrections Officers Back To Work, No Criminal Charges

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New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord

CONCORD – Fourteen corrections officers who were suspended in connection with two assaults on an inmate are back at work at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men.

All personnel named in the investigation have been returned to full duty, according to a news release Thursday from the Department of Corrections, which is headed by Commissioner Helen Hanks. Since the department has already completed an internal administrative review, no further action is being taken, the release said.

Attorney General John Formella sent out a separate news release Thursday saying his office has completed its investigation into the two use-of-force incidents against an inmate April 21, 2021.

Formella said the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office opened a formal investigation in February into 11 corrections officers for their use of force concerning one or more of these incidents, and into three additional corrections officers for their documentation concerning one or more of these incidents.

“After a thorough investigation, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has concluded that based upon the affirmative defenses available to the corrections officers and other evidentiary issues, there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any of the corrections officers involved in these incidents committed any criminal offenses. Accordingly, no corrections officer will be charged as a result of this investigation,” Formella said.

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