If you’re looking for a last-minute, hand-made Christmas gift, keep the Department of Corrections Retail Showroom in mind. Chapter 24 member Laura Williams, who works in the Correctional Industries department, offered a reminder that the store — which is just up the street from the State Prison — is open to the public five days a week.
The retail store sells goods made by inmates in the Correctional Industries program at the State Prison, as well as the Hobby Craft program, providing them with experience and skills they can use to get a job once they’re released. In the case of the Hobby Craft program, inmates receive a portion of the sale price that can be used to buy supplies for future craftwork.
The retail showroom’s regular hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. You can call the showroom at 271-8299, and read more about Correctional Industries at www.nh.gov/nhdoc/divisions/corrrectional/.