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Reconsidering N.H. Sentencing Laws

Thomas Hawk

Decades of a tough-on-crime approach brought mandatory minimum sentences that many now say are too costly – both in social terms and dollars, as prison populations have soared. State lawmakers recently considered removing these for certain nonviolent offenders. But some are urging caution on behalf of public safety.


  • Devon Chaffee - Executive Director of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union
  • Scott W. Murray – Attorney for Merrimack County
  • Carrie Johnson - Justice Correspondent for NPR’s Washington Desk
  • Donna Sytek - Chairman of the New Hampshire Adult Parole Board and previous Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party.
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