Criminal Justice

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Sununu announces revamped juvenile justice advisory task force

BY: - October 12, 2021

A committee overseeing New Hampshire’s juvenile justice system is getting an overhaul this month, two months after Gov. Chris Sununu abruptly disbanded its predecessor.  In an executive order issued Oct. 7, Sununu formally created the newly organized group, now known as the New Hampshire Juvenile Justice Reform Commission, and named its members. The new arrangement attempts […]

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Commentary: State has created a mess with SPU, and now is the time to clean it up

BY: and - October 11, 2021

Late last week the Department of Health and Human Services held the first information session via Zoom about the proposed forensic hospital on the New Hampshire Hospital campus. A representative from New Hampshire Hospital and the Department of Public Works were present to discuss plans thus far and answer questions. We at Advocates for Ethical […]

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Officials outline preliminary plan for $30 million, 24-bed hospital for forensic patients

BY: - October 8, 2021

Patients with mental illness being held at the prison’s forensic hospital for security reasons could be moved to a new 24-bed hospital on the state hospital grounds by late 2023, state officials said Thursday.  The hospital will be managed by the Department of Health and Human Services – not a private company – and a […]

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Attorney general files complaint accusing Dover woman of violating Civil Rights Act

BY: - October 7, 2021

Attorney General John Formella filed an enforcement action on Thursday against Kristina Graper of Dover, who is accused of violating the New Hampshire Civil Rights Act. The complaint against Graper, 51, accuses her of threatening a Black 9-year-old child in a Dover park on May 10. Graper told the child she would “kneel on his […]

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State officials hosting online forum to discuss secure psychiatric facility proposal

BY: - October 6, 2021

With nearly $40 million in place to build a new secure psychiatric facility near the state hospital, state officials are hosting an online forum Thursday evening to discuss their proposal and take questions and comments from the public. Currently, the state’s only secure psychiatric facility is within the state prison, where patients include jail and […]

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Report recommends replacing 144-bed Sununu Youth Services Center with 18-bed ‘home’

BY: - October 4, 2021

This story was updated Oct. 4, 2021 at 9 a.m. with a link to the report. The state Department of Health and Human Services is asking lawmakers to replace the 144-bed Sununu Youth Services Center for detained children with an 18-bed “home” that emphasizes therapeutic relationships, individualized learning, and a science-based, trauma-informed approach.  “In creating […]

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Executive Council to vote on $5 million in federal money for agencies that assist crime victims

BY: - September 28, 2021

Advocates say the $5 million in federal funding for crime victims up for approval at the Executive Council Wednesday could not come at a better time. They were anticipating a drop in their usual grant funding just as reports of violence and abuse against adults and children have surged. “Core services will remain in place […]

COVID in the 603: More screen time means more reports of internet crimes against children

BY: - September 23, 2021

Much of COVID-19’s fallout has gotten a lot of attention: Mental health complaints are up, students have fallen behind, burned-out health care workers are leaving the field. This hasn’t: The state has seen a surge in its reports of internet crimes against children, doubling from about 50 to 100 per month. “We’re basically telling the […]

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Discussions on how to police the police hit snag on proposed panel’s investigatory powers

BY: - September 13, 2021

When Julian Jefferson finally called the police that night, it wasn’t to report a crime.  Late in the evening in winter 2010, Jefferson was walking home in Concord, making a familiar trip from the University of New Hampshire law school back to his house.  A police cruiser passed by, stopped, and flashed its floodlights. Jefferson, […]

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Committee studying closure of Sununu Youth Services Center to meet Tuesday

BY: - August 27, 2021

The study committee charged with developing a plan to close and replace the Sununu Youth Services Center will meet for the first time Tuesday, although it’s unclear whether members will have a consultant’s draft recommendations that were due in July.  According to a $55,000 contract the state Department of Health and Human Services signed in […]

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‘A prime target’: New Hampshire’s cybersecurity problem

BY: - August 27, 2021

To catch a glimpse of an impersonator is a strange experience – particularly if the person being impersonated is you. When it happened to Ken Merrifield, who was serving as mayor of Franklin at the time, he said it was terrifying. The city’s finance director had called after receiving a strange email, which looked like […]

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‘Laurie List’ bill and other law enforcement reform measures signed into law

BY: - August 25, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Wednesday to gradually release the names of police officers with alleged credibility issues on New Hampshire’s secret “Laurie List” – part of a bevy of law enforcement reform bills that are now law. House Bill 471 will eventually make public the decades-long list of more than 270 officers whose […]