Criminal Justice

A checkpoint on U.S. 1 in Florida

With testimony about racial profiling in hand, lawmakers debate immigration checkpoints

BY: - October 22, 2021

When U.S. Customs and Border Protection set up a series of ad hoc weekend checkpoints on Interstate 93 to check the immigration status of drivers, the stops were more than an inconvenience to Sebastian Fuentes. On three separate occasions, Fuentes, a Thornton resident who emigrated from Peru in the early 2000s, found himself stopped for […]

Exterior sign for the Sununu Youth Services Center

Sununu Center committee to file recommendations by Nov. 1, but with few specifics

BY: - October 21, 2021

Lawmakers charged with creating a plan for closing and replacing the state’s juvenile detention facility will file recommendations by their Nov. 1 deadline. But those recommendations will be vague because there was not time to do more, they said Thursday. During their final meeting, some committee members also expressed doubt a replacement of the Sununu […]

House committee to vote on requiring law enforcement to collect data on race

BY: - October 20, 2021

On Wednesday, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will vote on a proposal that would require law enforcement to collect and analyze data related to race. The legislation, which was retained in committee last session, was a recommendation that came out of the Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community, and Transparency (LEACT). In […]

Closeup of handcuffs

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 […]

Exterior gate of the SPU

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 […]

Exterior of the state prison in Concord

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 […]

A prison fence with a sign for the Secure Psychiatric Unit

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 […]

Exterior sign for the Sununu Youth Services Center

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 […]

State House dome

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 […]

A police car with its lights on at night on a city street

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, […]