Commission To Issue Recommendations On Bail And Pretrial Detention

Nov 13, 2018

Some police say bail reform makes it harder to protect victims, while advocates say it gets rid of a system that targets indigent defenders.
Credit 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.