Commission To Issue Recommendations On Bail And Pretrial Detention
A commission convened by lawmakers will issue recommendations on Wednesday for how New Hampshire courts should treat defendants before trial.
The group - made up of lawmakers, police, and legal professionals - began meeting after the passage of a bail reform bill this summer.
That bill - SB 556- eliminated cash bail for most defendants.
It also called for a commission that would develop a new system for judges to set bail and keep a defendant in jail when necessary.
Among other things, the commission will make it difficult to require alleged victims to testify against the defendant at a bail hearing. It will also clarify when someone with substance use disorder can be held on bail.