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The Exchange

Pondering the Prison Population


With rising numbers of Granite Staters incarcerated, and ever-present budget constraints, some argue that it’s time to reform our approach to crime and punishment. But balancing innovation with public safety remains a concern. We’ll look at that latest thinking about some of the ideas out there- from alternative sentencing to rehabilitation.


  • Devon Chafee- Executive Director of NH Civil Liberties Union.
  • William McGonagle- Assistant Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.
  • James Reams- Rockingham County Attorney.


  • Alex Casale- Director of the Strafford County Drug Court and coordinator of the state’s drug court program. Drug courts offer treatment-based programs with strict court supervision for certain offenders with substance abuse issues.

*Check out our infographic about NH's prison population here.

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