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Valley Street Jail: a reflection of Manchester, NH?

Editor's note: The following is the second part of a two-part series looking at Manchester, NH's Valley Street Jail.

From the outside, there's really no indication of what goes on inside Valley Street Jail:

 

Which is probably how most of us prefer it. Who, after all, wants to think about the less-than-pleasant institution that is jail? I know it's not at the top of my to-dwell-on list. But maybe it should be, if for no other reason than as Hillsborough County, NH, taxpayers, we pay for the jail's operation and upkeep. And it's not cheap.

In providing a tour of the Valley Street Jail to the Leadership Greater Manchester Class of 2010 a couple of weeks ago, Hillsborough County Department of Corrections Superintendent James O'Mara noted that in his Fiscal Year 2011 budget he has requested $15.9 million to run the jail, which operates 24/7/365 and requires a staff of 180 people.

"It's more complex than locking someone in a cell and throwing away the key," O'Mara said. "We take on responsibility for all aspects of people's lives - food, health care, safety, education. And we have a diverse population with diverse needs."

He said the jail spends $1 million a year in prisoner medical bills and $20,000 a month in pharmacy costs. And maintenance and repairs to building and its high-tech systems aren't cheap either.

"Yes, jails are expensive. But it costs a lot more to run an inadequate jail," he said, noting the very real possibilities of law suits, costly repairs and exorbitant medical bills if the jail is not adequately maintained and operated.

And while cost is an important reason for Hillsborough County residents to care about the jail's operation, we must also remember that we are all morally responsible for what goes on in the jail as the prisoners there are incarcerated on behalf of "we, the people." And as Dostoevsky reminds us, "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons."

Which is why I'm intrigued by the Independent Monitoring Board concept used in Great Britain. There, every jail, prison or holding facility in the country is overseen by volunteers from the local community who "monitor the day-to-day life in their local prison...and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained."

These volunteers are allowed unrestricted access to their local prisons at any time and can talk to any inmate they wish to, "out of sight and hearing of prison staff if necessary." And every year, each board produces a report detailing its findings for the community.

Sounds like a good idea to me. If a jail or prison is run well or not, we need to know.

 

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Any reasoning behind having two person cells versus the dorm style jail? Dorm style has a dozen or more inmates in a single room with shared shower and toilets with short foldaway walls for privacy.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPG

One of the reasons that Valley Street jail is expensive is that it is privately owned. The owners charge NH per diem per prisoner. In order to “make ends meet” they try to get as many per diems per prisoner as possible. If this means releasing a prisoner who has been brought in at 2 pm a little after midnight then they get to charge for two days. How do I know this? I have waited for all of those hours in their abysmal waiting room more than once waiting to bail out my friend who was arrested for being an alcoholic (not a DUI arrest). I was told they were “processing him.” The bail bondsman who was waiting with me worked in a prison previously and was amazed at how long the processing was taking. I guess that means that in addition to overcharging the state for housing prisoners, they are also grossly inefficient.

WHEN will the state cancel the contract with this company and take over the running of this prison again? WHEN will the state implement drug courts instead of incarcerating addicts? Prison does not cure alcoholism or addiction to drugs—the research is clear about this in scholarly (peer reviewed) research. These people need help, not abuse. If the money for all of those extra days of incarceration and additional hours paying people to work as inefficiently as possible was put towards programs that actually help people, we might live in a better world. New brain research proves that addiction is a disease of the brain and not caused by a lack of morals (mice aren’t burdened by notions of morality and can still get addicted to alcohol).

I expect that in the years to come society will gasp when they study how addicts were treated in the old days. I guess politicians who might be able to change this injustice are more concerned with getting votes then actually serving the people of NH. The more sophisticated our brain research becomes in the area of addiction, the closer we get to disability rights law suits against the State from incarcerated addicts.

June 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterResearchLibrarian

ResearchLibrarian - I'm pretty sure the jail is publicly-owned and -operated by Hillsborough County. What is the name of this company that you claim owns the Valley Street Jail?

June 18, 2010 | Registered CommenterWill Stewart

Well if you read the article, it costs more to keep a person. Why in the world would they "hold" someone? Further more, the court orders a release with a date......I don't get it.

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkaren

You might want to check on how much of that $15.9 million goes to payouts for their civil rights cases....they abuse and torture inmates regularly. Check out ...justia.com. Put in a search of 'Hillsborough county house of corrections" in NH and see how many cases you get..and also note most of the cases are for the same offiicers repeatedly. Why are those officers still there ?

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOne who knows

If you want to know how inmates are treated and what day-to-day life is like within the walls of Valley Street Jail, let me know here in this thread, and I will get back to you. I spent a short while there as an inmate, and am not keen on repeating the experience. What surprises me is that not more people have come forward and posted their experiences on various sites.

January 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteroscar

Hi Oscar, I think that would be very interesting. Please contact me via the contact form on this site - Will

January 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterWill Stewart

The conditions in Valley street jail are discusting. I'm a team leader in the United States Marine Corps, after my first deployment I got a DUI. It took 2 years for them to convict and sentence me wich included me missing out on seeing my family before my second deployment and on holidays due to court dates. The only reason I saw them after my second deployment is because I came home early due to a severe gunshot wound. With all I have done for the country I still paid my dues and im still paying them now as I have to do 8 months of weekly alcohol therapy at my own expense to get my license back. Besides the whole judicial system being the way it is I was even more shocked to see how bad inmates are treated in Valley St Jail. Being a place I applied to before entering the military and having a fresh gunshot wound I expected atleast a little care. Instead I was stuck on a top bunk with a cell mate who turned out to have tuberculosis.I told the nurse there I needed atleast motrin for the pain 3 times a day and I also need something for sleep as im undergoing PTSD and TBI related issues. Neither were admitted, if i was going to have so much as a headache I was expected to know and request the tylenol that morning. Needless to say the medical treatment is absolutely not meant to sustain any degreee of normal human living. Now, I cant go on without mentioning the food. YES! the finec ouisine of Valley ST! good enough for even the most stuck up of roaches! I dont even know what it was that i put in my body there but i can easily say half of it was rotten. People i can go on and on but im a marine who has spent half his career in a combat zone forced to even live off the land, and i was still appaulled at conditions in Valley. Something needs to be done, they need to be re_staffed, refunded, and rebuilt. When i'm told its possible to have my feet rott off from standing in the shower by a guard we got a problem.

April 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLCPL Landry

My son is currently in Valley Street Jail after being arrested in Manchester in a few months ago. He has a medical condition that affected his bones after having been on prednisone for years. The prednisone weakend his bones and they break easily. About a month ago he fell and feels he chipped his elbow; after numerous requests to the nursing and medical staff they still refuse to xray his elbow - he is not asking for pain medication, he is asking to have an xray and treatment if it is in fact broken. Along with this the dentist at Valley Street pulled one of his teeth (a tooth that needed a root canal, not to be pulled as told by my son's dentist in another state), the medical staff then refused to give him a strong antibiotic even though the current medication he is on (which we had to fight for him to get) weakens his immune system. My son also told me of another inmate who has a staph infection on his foot; apparentally this inmate's mother made repeated attempts to gain treatment for her son by going down to the jail only to be refused. I flew up to Manchester (I live out of state) and demanded to speak to the supervisor of the medical facility at the jail. A woman and man came out and said there was nothing they could do or say as my son was an adult and I had no rights to be able to talk to them about his medical conditions or his treatment (or lack of). I told them to go right at the moment and have my son sign a release form but they refused. I then said if I have to I will call the ACLU only to have the man slump down in his chair and say "go ahead and call". My son has since requested several times to sign a release form to enable them to talk to me about his medical treatment and they have refused. So far my son has filed 2 grievances and was told by a nurse that he (my son) is "walking on thin ice" with the dr and nurses as they "don't like him". I have had my son's regular physician fax my son's medical records including a letter stating the treatment he needs; none of this seems to have mattered. Does anyone know of a good civil rights attorney who has worked on cases against Valley Street before? I am sure there has got to be one as I have read several articles on line about the horrid treatment of inmates at Valley Street.

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i was a long time born resident of massachuesetts during my early teen years through the normal rebelious 20's and managed to get arrested ZERO TIMES!!! NOT EVEN A TRAFFIC VIOLATION!! so in my late 20's the wife and i decided to move to LONDONDERRY NH to settle down, marry, purchase a home, and raise a family (WHAT A FUC%ING DISASTEROUS MISTAKE THIS WAS) not souly because the property taxes were complete robbery, or the locals lived a boring way of life!!! IT WAS THE RELENTLESS BALL BREAKING LONDONDERRY POLICE DEPT!!! NOT A THING TO DO SO THEY SEEK AND DESTROY THE WORKING MAN WHO WAKES UP DAY AFTER DAY WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT TO SUPPORT HIS FAMILY LIKE THE GOOD LORD INTENDED US TO DO!! BUT NOOOOO, THESE PIECE OF STOOL ROOKIE LPD POLICE OFFICERS GROW TESTICLES AND A ROTTEN ATTITUDE AS SOON AS THEY GET A BUZZ CUT!!! ERRECTIONS LIKE OFFICER DYWER!!A RELENTLESS BALL BREAKING YOUNG PUNK I WOULD MAKE CLEAN MY DRAWS UP STATE!!!IT ALL STARTS AS "TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS" AND THEN YOU ARE ON THE RADAR!!! YES IM A CITY BOY AND IM FAR FROM AN ANGEL!!! BUT WORKING 60 HOURS A WEEK COMUTTTING FROM LONDONDERRY TO THE BOSTON AREA GAVE ME ZERO TIME TO GET INTO MISCHIEF UP THERE!! SO I THOUGHT!!!! THESE WALKING PENIS'S WITH EARS MADE LIFE MISERABLE FOR ME AND MANY OTHER HARD WORKING RESIDENTS IN THAT TOWN!! FOR NEARLY $8,000 A YEAR IN PROPERTY TAXES W/NO CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM I CONSIDERED MY WIFE AND I AN ABSOLUTE ASSET!!! YET THE TOWN DESTROYED COUNTLESS MAILBOXES AND FENCE POSTS BECAUSE THEY PLOWED WRECKLESSLY AND POORLY ENOUGH TO DESTROY HARD WORKING TAX PAYERS PROPERTY AND BASICALLY TELL ME TO JUST DEAL WITH IT!! LETS JUST SAY I DECIDED TO TAKE WHAT WAS RIGHTFULLY MINE AFTER BEING SCREWED OPENLY FOR YEARS, BUT THATS NIETHER HEAR OR THERE..THE DOWN FALL WAS A PERSONAL DOMESTIC DISPUTE IN THE PRIVACY OF MY OWN HOME THAT THEY HAD NO BUISNESS STICKING THEIR POINTERS IN!! THAT WAS THE LAST STRAW AND I SENT ONE FOR A LOOP DOWN MY STAIRS AFTER HE DISRESPECTED ME, MY WIFE AND INFANT IN MY OWN HOME!!! THEN THERE WAS THE FOLLOWING AND PLATE RUNNING!! UNTIL EVENTUALLY I HAD A BEER ON MY BREATH AND BINGO!! IM RUINED!!!! MAYBE THE PIG THAT TRESSPASSED ON PRIVATE LAND TO BANG A U TURN TO CHASE SOMEONE WITH ONE OF TWO LIC PLATE LIGHTS OUT AND RAN OVER A LONG TIME RESIDENTS JACK RUSSELL TERRIER ON CHASE RD "ON THE OWNERS PROPERTY AND PROCEEDED NOT TO STOP HAD A FEW BEERS??? HE DENIED HITTING THE DOG WITH NUMEROUS WITNESSES??? NOT EVEN A APPOLOGY FROM THE TOWN!!! RATS!!! ULTIMATELY THESE PETTY CHARGES HERE AND THERE IN LONDONDERRY RESULTED IN A TRIP TO THAT GOD FORSAKEN RAT HOLE CALLED "HILLSBOUROUGH COUNTY HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS" OR SHOULD I SAY (ERRECTIONS) BECAUSE THE GUARDS ARE WORSE THAN THE ROOKIE CRIMINAL COPS IN NH!!! ABUSIVE SONS A BITCHES!!! THEY TRULY THINK THEY ARE ABOVE HUMAN KIND LOL!! 1/2 OF THEM WOULD LAST ABOUT A MINUTE IN MY WORLD!!!THE CONDITIONS ARE FILTHY, FOOD IS SCARCE AND DISGUSTING!!!THEY FEED YOU AFTER 12 HOURS OF STARVING!!! THE SICK INMATES ARE DENIED LIFE SAVING MEDS!! SIEZURES AE COMMON!!! THE PLACE BREAKS OUT IN BED BUGS AND LICE!! THEY HOUSE THE MENTALLY ILL WHO DO NOT BELONG THERE!!!! I HEAR LAWSUITS ARE COMMON!! WHY ISNT THERE CHANGE, WHY ARE PEOPLE TREATED LIKE ANIMALS FOR NO GOOD CAUSE!!!SPENDING 14 HOURS UP TO 2 DAYS IN A UNSANITARY HOLDING TANK FORCED TO EAT THE SAME FOOD 3 TIMES A DAY??? I COULDNT WAIT TO GET OUT OF THERE!!I WAS BLESSED WITH FOOT AIDS CAUSE THE PLACE IS SO DIRTY, BUT THATS MINIMAL COMPARED TO THE STAFF INFECTIONS I HEARD OF!!! I WOULD RATHER SLEEP UNDER A BRIDGE SURROUNDED Y A PACK OF WILD RABID DOGS THAT WANT TO TEAR ME UP WHEN I FALL ASLEEP RATHER THAN SPEND ONE MINUTE IN THAT HELL HOLE!! I CAN ONLY HOPE A JUMBO JET LOSES ITS WAY DECENDING TO MANCH AIRPORT AND SLAMS RIGHT INTO THAT PIG PEN!!! I HOPE FOR DEATH, PAIN, SUFFERING, LOSS AND TRADGEDY TO ALL WHO GET PAID FROM THERE!! HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE ON A BRING YOUR KID DAY SO CHILDREN OF THE EMPLOYEES DIE MISERABLY!!! I MOVED OUT OF THAT GOD FORSAKING STATE BEFORE I GOT LIFE IN JAIL FOR DRIVING HABITUAL FOR CRIST SAKES LOL!!! PEOPLE ARE IN MAX SECURITY IN VALLEY ST FOR A DIME BAG OF GRASS?? 75% ARE IN FOR DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE???? OR FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT/SIMPLE ASSAULT BECAUSE SCUM BAG JUNKIES BOTH MALE AND FEMALE USE RESTRAINING ORDERS AND DOMESTICS AS A TOOL TO LOCK EACHOTHER UP AND PISS EACHOTHER OFF!!! ALL I CAN SAY IS MOVE OUT OF THE STATEIF YOU SEEK PEACE!!! AND IF SENTENCED TO VALLEY ST RUN LIKE A MOTHER FUCKER!!!! GO TO MASS AND RELAX!!!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhonest mistake

i was a long time born resident of massachuesetts during my early teen years through the normal rebelious 20's and managed to get arrested ZERO TIMES!!! NOT EVEN A TRAFFIC VIOLATION!! so in my late 20's the wife and i decided to move to LONDONDERRY NH to settle down, marry, purchase a home, and raise a family (WHAT A FUC%ING DISASTEROUS MISTAKE THIS WAS) not souly because the property taxes were complete robbery, or the locals lived a boring way of life!!! IT WAS THE RELENTLESS BALL BREAKING LONDONDERRY POLICE DEPT!!! NOT A THING TO DO SO THEY SEEK AND DESTROY THE WORKING MAN WHO WAKES UP DAY AFTER DAY WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT TO SUPPORT HIS FAMILY LIKE THE GOOD LORD INTENDED US TO DO!! BUT NOOOOO, THESE PIECE OF STOOL ROOKIE LPD POLICE OFFICERS GROW TESTICLES AND A ROTTEN ATTITUDE AS SOON AS THEY GET A BUZZ CUT!!! ERRECTIONS LIKE OFFICER DYWER!!A RELENTLESS BALL BREAKING YOUNG PUNK I WOULD MAKE CLEAN MY DRAWS UP STATE!!!IT ALL STARTS AS "TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS" AND THEN YOU ARE ON THE RADAR!!! YES IM A CITY BOY AND IM FAR FROM AN ANGEL!!! BUT WORKING 60 HOURS A WEEK COMUTTTING FROM LONDONDERRY TO THE BOSTON AREA GAVE ME ZERO TIME TO GET INTO MISCHIEF UP THERE!! SO I THOUGHT!!!! THESE WALKING PENIS'S WITH EARS MADE LIFE MISERABLE FOR ME AND MANY OTHER HARD WORKING RESIDENTS IN THAT TOWN!! FOR NEARLY $8,000 A YEAR IN PROPERTY TAXES W/NO CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM I CONSIDERED MY WIFE AND I AN ABSOLUTE ASSET!!! YET THE TOWN DESTROYED COUNTLESS MAILBOXES AND FENCE POSTS BECAUSE THEY PLOWED WRECKLESSLY AND POORLY ENOUGH TO DESTROY HARD WORKING TAX PAYERS PROPERTY AND BASICALLY TELL ME TO JUST DEAL WITH IT!! LETS JUST SAY I DECIDED TO TAKE WHAT WAS RIGHTFULLY MINE AFTER BEING SCREWED OPENLY FOR YEARS, BUT THATS NIETHER HEAR OR THERE..THE DOWN FALL WAS A PERSONAL DOMESTIC DISPUTE IN THE PRIVACY OF MY OWN HOME THAT THEY HAD NO BUISNESS STICKING THEIR POINTERS IN!! THAT WAS THE LAST STRAW AND I SENT ONE FOR A LOOP DOWN MY STAIRS AFTER HE DISRESPECTED ME, MY WIFE AND INFANT IN MY OWN HOME!!! THEN THERE WAS THE FOLLOWING AND PLATE RUNNING!! UNTIL EVENTUALLY I HAD A BEER ON MY BREATH AND BINGO!! IM RUINED!!!! MAYBE THE PIG THAT TRESSPASSED ON PRIVATE LAND TO BANG A U TURN TO CHASE SOMEONE WITH ONE OF TWO LIC PLATE LIGHTS OUT AND RAN OVER A LONG TIME RESIDENTS JACK RUSSELL TERRIER ON CHASE RD "ON THE OWNERS PROPERTY AND PROCEEDED NOT TO STOP HAD A FEW BEERS??? HE DENIED HITTING THE DOG WITH NUMEROUS WITNESSES??? NOT EVEN A APPOLOGY FROM THE TOWN!!! RATS!!! ULTIMATELY THESE PETTY CHARGES HERE AND THERE IN LONDONDERRY RESULTED IN A TRIP TO THAT GOD FORSAKEN RAT HOLE CALLED "HILLSBOUROUGH COUNTY HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS" OR SHOULD I SAY (ERRECTIONS) BECAUSE THE GUARDS ARE WORSE THAN THE ROOKIE CRIMINAL COPS IN NH!!! ABUSIVE SONS A BITCHES!!! THEY TRULY THINK THEY ARE ABOVE HUMAN KIND LOL!! 1/2 OF THEM WOULD LAST ABOUT A MINUTE IN MY WORLD!!!THE CONDITIONS ARE FILTHY, FOOD IS SCARCE AND DISGUSTING!!!THEY FEED YOU AFTER 12 HOURS OF STARVING!!! THE SICK INMATES ARE DENIED LIFE SAVING MEDS!! SIEZURES AE COMMON!!! THE PLACE BREAKS OUT IN BED BUGS AND LICE!! THEY HOUSE THE MENTALLY ILL WHO DO NOT BELONG THERE!!!! I HEAR LAWSUITS ARE COMMON!! WHY ISNT THERE CHANGE, WHY ARE PEOPLE TREATED LIKE ANIMALS FOR NO GOOD CAUSE!!!SPENDING 14 HOURS UP TO 2 DAYS IN A UNSANITARY HOLDING TANK FORCED TO EAT THE SAME FOOD 3 TIMES A DAY??? I COULDNT WAIT TO GET OUT OF THERE!!I WAS BLESSED WITH FOOT AIDS CAUSE THE PLACE IS SO DIRTY, BUT THATS MINIMAL COMPARED TO THE STAFF INFECTIONS I HEARD OF!!! I WOULD RATHER SLEEP UNDER A BRIDGE SURROUNDED Y A PACK OF WILD RABID DOGS THAT WANT TO TEAR ME UP WHEN I FALL ASLEEP RATHER THAN SPEND ONE MINUTE IN THAT HELL HOLE!! I CAN ONLY HOPE A JUMBO JET LOSES ITS WAY DECENDING TO MANCH AIRPORT AND SLAMS RIGHT INTO THAT PIG PEN!!! I HOPE FOR DEATH, PAIN, SUFFERING, LOSS AND TRADGEDY TO ALL WHO GET PAID FROM THERE!! HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE ON A BRING YOUR KID DAY SO CHILDREN OF THE EMPLOYEES DIE MISERABLY!!! I MOVED OUT OF THAT GOD FORSAKING STATE BEFORE I GOT LIFE IN JAIL FOR DRIVING HABITUAL FOR CRIST SAKES LOL!!! PEOPLE ARE IN MAX SECURITY IN VALLEY ST FOR A DIME BAG OF GRASS?? 75% ARE IN FOR DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE???? OR FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT/SIMPLE ASSAULT BECAUSE SCUM BAG JUNKIES BOTH MALE AND FEMALE USE RESTRAINING ORDERS AND DOMESTICS AS A TOOL TO LOCK EACHOTHER UP AND PISS EACHOTHER OFF!!! ALL I CAN SAY IS MOVE OUT OF THE STATEIF YOU SEEK PEACE!!! AND IF SENTENCED TO VALLEY ST RUN LIKE A MOTHER FUCKER!!!! GO TO MASS AND RELAX!!!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSINGLED OUT

LCPL LANDRY, I FEEL FOR YOU MAN! WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES!! I MYSELF WAS BLESSED WITH A DWI IN THE STATE OF NH. THEY MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO REBOUND FROM IT! I REALIZE THERE IS A HARD LESSON TO BE LEARNED FOR MAKING THE POTENTIONALLY GRAVE MISTAKE OF DRIVING DRUNK, BUT THEY GET IN YOUR HEAD AND DRIVE YOU TO BREAK THE LAW EVEN MORE!! AT LEAST THAT WAS MY EXPIERIENCE AFTER THEY RED FLAGGED ME AND SHOVED IT IN MY ASS!! LIVING IN THE STIX WITH NO LICENSE, AN INFANT, AND A MORGAGE, AND NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS HELL!!! BILLS GOTTA GET PAID AND THATS THE BOTTOM LINE!! THEY STALK YOU AND TRY TO CATCH YOU DRIVING!! NO SPINE!! THEY USUALLY SUCCEED TOO! YOU SEEN HOW MANY SOULS WERE LOCKED UP FOR DRIVING!!! ITS A JOKE AND A TRAVISTY OF FUNDS!!!! GOOD LUCK AND THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR FREEDOMS

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSINGLED OUT

I'm a twenty one year old woman who was arrested on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge two years ago. I suffered a mental health crisis ( i have BPD) and desperately needed medical attention but was arrested instead and brought to Valley st. This had never happened to me before, I had no clue what the process was or the nightmare that was about to happen to me. When I arrived at the jail I was mocked and stared at in an offensive manner while asked to sign paperwork. I didn't even get a look at what I was about to sign because I requested the officer leave because this was distracting. When they refused I told them I would not sign anything until he was not present. They joyously said 'fine!" and I was lead away not knowing that the paperwork I was given would have allowed me to be bailed out that night. I ended up there for three days. During the process of the medical screening their longtime nurse (who they call mr.t apparently because of the ridiculous amount of jewelry she wears commented on my weight telling me I need to "call jenny craig", and mocked me for my admission I was depressed.When I commented she was wearing too much jewelry in response to her personal attack, her lack of professionalism worsened as she made the claim that I was just jealous I could not afford jewelry like hers. Any employee should not personally attack someone for their economic status, appearance,race,gender, religion etc. The officer who was present during this also found this innapropriate and mentioned it to his boss.This later turned out to not be a person who cared very much. They strip searched me and this man waited outside and I did this very reluctantly as I felt humiliated. He told me I wasn't doing it fast enough and was told if I didn't shut up him and the two other women present would "kick my ass". I don't know if they're allowed to say things like this but I had the very real sense they would.Now it goes even more downhill from here. Unbeknownst to me after strip searching me and making me immerse myself under cold water, I was put into a padded dress like thing that closes with velcro with nothing underneath and then put into the cell where they keep people who are suicidal. I was very much distressed but not suicidal.The decision was made by the nurse and it seemed spiteful.The cell is in the middle of the whole tier and the door is just glass so you're on display to everyone.You're given nothing. Not a blanket or pillow. They have blankets I just wasn't given one.To add to the stress and trauma I was no fed until the third night when I asked if they feed people here.I just thought that they didn't. I was later told my an inmate I was not fed because I could be heard crying.On the third night I begged for a blanket repeatedly and received one about four hours after asking.When I was in court the following day I found out that I would be allowed to be released on personal recognizance. When they did release me, I was first told to change into my clothes, but beforehand I asked to make a phone call to be picked up. Once changed I was quickly ingnored and ushered out.I would have been released without shoes if they didn't do the one nice thing and let me keep the ones i had on. I searched through my belongings and I had no money, they had taken my cigarettes. I'm not really sure why. I was left with no choice but to frantically look for a payphone and call someone collect.By this time the trauma, mistreatment, the stress took a toll on me when i already went in their extremely emotionally vunerable. I should have been brought to the hospital. My experience there still haunts me and bothers me to this day. I had never been more humiliated or mistreated frankly. I feel just as powerless to do anything about it now than I did then.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterD

Valley Street has appalling standards. They torture and humiliate inmates in Unit 2B ("The hole"). The place should be legally bulldozed.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWes Freeman

My son was here...Totally gross....he came home with Scabbys..He wasnt the only one three others we knew where there also came home with it....Lack of medical attention and mental health attention is awful....I understand your lose rights in jail...But really? how about your right to meds you need? How about the right to a clean place to be..The Correctional officers can do what ever they want no one seems to care...This place needs to be closed.....

January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR mavro

Are you joking? medications? they take away your doctors meds and give you nothing for mental health meds...they put you in what they call a burrito and your left alone for days! yup no wonder why there are stony brook elementary school killings with mental health help like valley streets! good job New Hampshire!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjust left

my fiance is in this jail has been since sun night i dont how hes doing an what hes doing i think about him everyday an i hope hes ok i mean i have never been to jail so idk how they do things in there but i bet my fiance is cold hungry an thirsty i miss him so much i just hope hes eating an sleeping an just waiting it out until his court date an not getting into trouble if anyone can tell me how they treat everyone in valley St ill feel more better then i am now i just hope he comes home soon i miss him so does our son


so if anyone can tell me how valley st is i would be great

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhow valley st really is

well I read these post. MYdaughter is 19 she and her boyfriend got caught steeling some copper big a offence I realize. Never been in trouble her options r mister mener with no jail time or felony with 6monts in vally I have herd it was horrible. So I am glad I came on here. I could not imagine my 19 daughter being in a place like. She wants to do the time so she does not get a felony she made a mistake at a young age and now she will pay.One way or another. concerned mother and also pissed with system. there r some people out there that deserve nothing but valley st . And is this coed or do they have 2 parts of hell. lol

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConcerned mom

well I read these post. MYdaughter is 19 she and her boyfriend got caught steeling some copper big a offence I realize. Never been in trouble her options r mister mener with no jail time or felony with 6monts in vally I have herd it was horrible. So I am glad I came on here. I could not imagine my 19 daughter being in a place like. She wants to do the time so she does not get a felony she made a mistake at a young age and now she will pay.One way or another. concerned mother and also pissed with system. there r some people out there that deserve nothing but valley st . And is this coed or do they have 2 parts of hell. lol

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConcerned mom

Your daughter is gonna get the Felony either way and if she's trying to fight it, it looks better to bail out.

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNope

This jail was atrocious. The manner in which they treat inmates is reprehensible. It's a human animal house. Very uncaring,hostile environment. That hell hole should be condemned, like Alcatraz. Food? Out of 21 meals a week, two were edible. Nothing green, except bananas. They claim a nutritionist plans the meals. I'll bet my first born son against that claim. It's filthy, 95% of the personnel are on some kind of alien ego trip concerning their job. Their mothers would be ashamed of their behavior. In fact, this dump deserves no recognition, good or bad...enough said

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBEN

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