criminal justice

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Bill barring release of mug shots approved by Judiciary Committee

BY: - May 25, 2021

Senators on the Judiciary Committee approved a measure Tuesday that would bar police from releasing most mug shots after arrests, in a 3-2 committee vote that defied party lines.  House Bill 125 would still allow police departments to take post-arrest photographs of accused perpetrators. But the bill would prohibit the release of the mug shots […]

COMMENTARY
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Commentary: It’s time revoke law enforcement’s status as a ‘super constituent’

BY: - April 27, 2021

The most powerful player in electoral politics is the constituent, or so we are led to believe by every elected official ever.  Ask a state senator or a state representative and they’ll tell you that the people they want to hear from most are their constituents. They do not specify a particular type of constituent. […]

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Proposal would provide protections to sex workers reporting sexual assault

BY: - April 21, 2021

This story was updated on April 21 at 5:12 p.m. to correct the spelling of Pamela Keilig’s name. A proposal before the Senate Judiciary Committee aims to provide protections to sex workers who report a sexual assault. Opponents of the measure said it would grant sex workers immunity from all crimes, a claim the bill’s […]

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With dog theft on the rise, lawmakers look to crack down

BY: - April 19, 2021

There’s a dark side to the increase in demand for pets during the pandemic: when those procuring the animals do so illegally. Dog theft has been on the rise nationally during the pandemic, with thieves snatching dogs from their yards and even from houses. Now state lawmakers are considering a proposal to increase the penalty […]

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Progress uneven as lawmakers work toward policing reform

BY: - April 14, 2021

Joseph Lascaze didn’t need to sit on a commission to become acquainted with racial discrimination in New Hampshire policing. The reality came to him uninvited. Last year, the smart justice organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire bought a white Mercedes. Since then, Lascaze, who is Black, has been pulled over at […]