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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) congratulated the staff of Berlin Federal Prison as they begin minimum-security operations in Berlin, New Hampshire.

“I know how hard everyone in the community has worked to ensure Berlin Prison’s opening and I am glad to see that the prison took an important step today with the arrival of its first minimum-security inmates. This step signifies that Berlin Prison is now an official federal correctional facility within the Bureau of Prisons,” Shaheen said. “Bringing jobs back to the North Country is crucial for the economic revitalization of the North Country and Berlin Prison has already brought a new energy to the community.”

Inmates will start arriving at the prison today, and more will come throughout the month.

The Bureau has already hired 115 staff and 9 more people are expected to be hired by the end of September.  It will continue to actively recruit for a variety of positions including teachers, vocational training instructors, recreation specialists, health care providers, drug treatment specialists and correctional officers. 

All positions can be found at or in New Hampshire Employment Security's Job Match System. Applications for correctional officer positions may be submitted any time. To apply for the federal positions, an online application must be completed on  All applicants must meet the physical requirements of the jobs for which they apply. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Shaheen has fought for opening of the prison since its funding became at risk. She spoke on the Senate floor  in support of the appropriations bill and the Berlin Prison. She has repeatedly pressed Congress and the Obama Administration to prioritize funding for it.