Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

New Hampshire

I. New Hampshire Department of Employment Security

Contact:
New Hampshire Department of Employment Security
32 South Main St.
Concord, NH 03301
603-224-3311
603-228-4145 fax
Web Site: www.nhes.state.nh.us/

Information about State Department of Labor resources may be of interest to:
• potential employers looking for incentives to hire individuals with criminal histories;
• service providers and individuals with criminal histories who are looking for assistance in finding employment; and
• researchers and policy makers looking at current programs to ascertain what programs are effective and serve their intended purpose.

A. Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.

Contact:
New Hampshire Department of Employment Security
32 South Main St.
Concord, NH 03301
603-228-4083
603-229-4321 fax

B. Tax Credits
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit to reduce the federal tax liability of private for profit employers to be used as an incentive for employers to hire individuals from eight different targeted groups: TANF recipients, veterans, ex-felons, high risk youth, summer youth, Food Stamp recipients, SSI recipients, and vocational rehabilitation referrals.

Contact:
New Hampshire Department of Employment Security
WOTC Certifying Unit-Operations
32 South Main St.
Concord, NH 03301
603-228-4079
603-229-4321 fax
Web Site: www.nh.gov/nhes/

C. Unemployment Insurance Office
Unemployment compensation is a social insurance program designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work, generally through no fault of their own, for periods between jobs. In order to be eligible for benefits, jobless workers must demonstrate that they have worked, usually measured by amount of wages and/or weeks of work, and must be able and available for work.

The unemployment compensation program is based upon federal law, but administered by states under state law.

Forms and information may be obtained at any local Resource Center and via the Internet at the web site listed below. (See also Section VII.)

Contact:
New Hampshire Department of Employment Security
32 South Main St.
Concord, NH 03301
603-665-1500 (Manchester only) or 800-266-2252
Web Site: www.nhes.state.nh.us/

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II. Criminal Record Repository

This is the agency individuals may contact to obtain a copy of their state rap sheet. The criminal record repository can also tell the individual who else is legally entitled to have access to his or her record.

All requests for criminal records must be made in writing. The request must include a Criminal Record Release Authorization Form and a $10 fee.

Contact:
New Hampshire Department of Safety
Division of State Police
Central Repository for Criminal Records
10 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
603-271-2538
Web Site: www.state.nh.us/

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III. State Attorney General

Employers and service providers may obtain information from the state attorney general regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record.

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IV. State Department of Corrections

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V. Division of Field Services

The Division of Field Services is a division of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections and is responsible for the supervision of all New Hampshire probationers and parolees. The locations of other offices can be found on the web site listed below.

Contact:
Division of Field Services
New Hampshire Department of Corrections
105 Pleasant St.
P.O. Box 1806
Concord, NH 03302
603-271-5652
Web Site: www.nh.gov/nhdoc/

Contact:

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VI. Legal Assistance

Free or low-cost legal resources, both in civil and criminal law, are helpful to individuals with criminal histories in learning about relevant state laws governing the expungement or sealing of criminal histories or addressing other legal issues resulting from having a criminal history.

A. State Public Defender

Contact:
New Hampshire Public Defender
117 North State St.
Concord, NH 03301
603-224-1236
Web Site: www.nhpd.org

B. Legal Services

The Legal Advice & Referral Center provides free information, legal advice and referral services to low-income people in the areas of family law, welfare, and housing.

Contact:
Legal Advice & Referral Center
800-639-5290 or 603-224-3333

New Hampshire Legal Assistance provides free legal advice and representation to low-income people in civil matters involving basic need, including food, shelter, income and medical care. Claremont: 800-562-3994 or 603-542-8795 Manchester: 800-562-3174 or 603-668-2900 Portsmouth: 800-334-3155 or 603-431-7411 Littleton: 800-548-1886 or 603-444-8000

Contact:
New Hampshire Legal Assistance
Web Site: www.nhla.org

The Pro Bono Referral Program of the New Hampshire Bar Association links low-income people in need of legal representation with volunteer attorneys who provide services at no charge in the areas of family law, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant issues and children’s disability. Individuals must call the Legal Advice & Referral Center for a referral to this office.

Contact:
Pro Bono Referral Program
New Hampshire Bar Association
112 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301
800-639-5290 or 603-224-3333
Web Site: www.nhbar.org

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
New Hampshire Bar Association
112 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301
603-224-6942
603-224-2910 fax
E-Mail: NHBAinfo@nhbar.org
Web Site: www.nhbar.org

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VII. Local Service Providers

Community agencies are available to assist individuals with criminal records find employment. This information will inform individuals with criminal records about government agencies and community-based organizations that assist with employment, education or vocational training. Researchers and policy makers may find this information useful in identifying agencies and service providers in order to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs.

New Hampshire Works

NH Works Center and New Hampshire Employment Security Resource Center are the one stop career centers in New Hampshire. There are 13 centers located across the state of New Hampshire. Staff is available to assist job seekers at each center, but most efforts for employment is self-generated. Computers, phones and fax machines are available at no charge. Computer software is available for resume writing, assessment tools, interview strategies, and how to search for jobs and educational opportunities. Internet access is also available.

Contact:
New Hampshire Employment Security
32 South Main St.
Concord, NH 03301
603-665-1500 (Manchester only) or 800-266-2252
Web Site: www.nhes.state.nh.us/centers/nhescenters.htm or www.nhworks.org

Transformations Program

The Transformations Program is offered by the New Hampshire Community Technical College and has a mission to assist recently released offenders obtain employment by providing life skills, employment skills and job placement services.

Contact:
New Hampshire Community Technical College/Laconia
379 Belmont Rd.
Laconia, NH 03246
603-524-3207
603-524-8084 fax
Web Site: www.laconia.tec.nh.us

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