Chief Justice Tina Nadeau

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A commission of criminal justice experts convened by lawmakers has issued its recommendations for how New Hampshire should implement bail reform.

Among other things, it recommends that the courts keep track of whether defendants commit new offenses while out on bail; that the state pay bail commissioner fees if the defendant is indigent; that victims generally not be required to testify at a bail hearing; and that the state adopt a text messaging system to remind defendants about their court date.

New Hampshire Courts Launch Bail Reform Initiative

Mar 19, 2018
N.H. Superior Court

New Hampshire's judicial branch announced today that it’s going to be taking a serious look at bail reform.

To avoid incarcerating people for too long simply because they can’t afford bail, court officials will begin working with the Pretrial Justice Institute to find ways to improve bail practices.

All Things Considered host Peter Biello spoke with New Hampshire Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau about the initiative.