Criminal Justice

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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 […]

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ACLU scores victory for woman who was detained by ICE in New Hampshire

BY: - August 24, 2021

(This story was updated at 5:08 p.m. on Aug. 24 to add information on the significance of the case within U.S. immigration case law, and to add the involvement of Sheehan Phinney in the case.) A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that U.S. immigration officials must prove that a person deserves to be detained in […]

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Sununu signs juvenile diversion legislation into law

BY: - August 24, 2021

A new state law will make it easier for juveniles suspected of violating the law to get mental health treatment and other supports instead of being taken into custody and court. Senate Bill 94, signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Monday, allows police officers and juvenile probation and parole officers to refer a minor to the […]

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Sununu disbands juvenile justice advisory group to form new commission

BY: - August 6, 2021

The news caught members of the longstanding Juvenile Justice Statewide Advisory Group by surprise.  Gov. Chris Sununu announced Wednesday he had disbanded the group to start his own, saying it was time to “bring in fresh perspectives and ideas” as the state rethinks treatment for at-risk juveniles. He asked anyone interested in joining his new […]

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Executive Council approves body cameras for State Police

BY: - August 5, 2021

New Hampshire’s Executive Council approved a $3.4 million contract to order body cameras for State Police officers and a storage system for the footage – a crucial step as the state tries to expand the technology among law enforcement. Voting 5-0, the council approved the contract with Utility Associates Inc., a Georgia-based company that produces […]

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Under new law, displaying a firearm no longer constitutes reckless conduct

BY: - July 26, 2021

This story was updated July 27 at 3:30 p.m. to clarify New Hampshire’s minimum age requirements for the state’s concealed carry law. New Hampshire residents and visitors will no longer face reckless conduct charges for displaying a firearm, after Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill Friday creating a new exception.  House Bill 195 amends the […]

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Atkinson firm under investigation over dealings with Russia

BY: - July 15, 2021

An Atkinson company, Intertech Corporation, is being investigated by the FBI and federal prosecutors for allegedly providing lab and scientific equipment to Russia’s weapons of mass destruction program, according to a federal search warrant. The court record also alleges the company tried to sneak around federal exporting regulations after contact from the FBI to avoid […]