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Commission To Issue Recommendations On Bail And Pretrial Detention

Emily Corwin for NHPR

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.

Sarah Gibson joined NHPR's newsroom in 2018. She reports on education and demographics.
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