The Rules Are Different Here: A Series on New Hampshire's Jails and Prisons
What does mass incarceration look like in New Hampshire?
The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. With 22% of the world’s prison population, the U.S. holds 2.3 million people behind bars and an additional 840,000 on parole and 3.7 million under probation, as reported by the Prison Policy Initiative.
While New Hampshire’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the country, the state’s prison population is also one of the nation’s fastest-growing. In 2019, New Hampshire’s criminal justice system faces challenges both unprecedented and perennial: last year, a new women’s prison opened in Concord, the result of twenty five years of gender discrimination lawsuits, but the Department of Corrections continues to struggle to hire enough staff to run the facility, reflecting a shortage of correctional professionals that affects both county jails and the state prisons.
Prisons and jails are on the front lines of the state’s opioid crisis: a majority of the incarcerated population in New Hampshire are dealing with a substance use disorder. The science of addiction treatment has advanced outside of prison, but inside prison, access to those tools is inconsistent and difficult to implement.
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A Four-Part Series on New Hampshire's Prisons and Jails
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More information about New Hampshire's Correctional System
NHPR's past reporting on criminal justice in the state, including "A Question of Justice in N.H.'s Biggest Jail", a series on bail, race, and access to mental health and addiction treatment.
Further Reading and Listening Recommendations
Ava Duvernay's 13th
A documentary tracing the history of criminal justice and race in America, from slavery to the War on Drugs and mass incarceration.
A podcast made about life in prison, shared and produced by the people who live it. Produced by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin.
Serial Season Three
An extraordinarly investigation into a year of ordinary cases in a Cleveland courthouse.
Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice from WNYC
The stories of young lives changed by interactions with law and order.
"Why Are There So Many African-Americans Incarcerated in Vermont?" from Brave Little State
Vermont's population is 95.3 percent white, but people of color are disproportionately represented in the state's criminal justice system. Why?
Reply All's two-part series "The Crime Machine"
The hidden technology (and ideology) behind policing in New York City.
"Counted: An Oakland Story" from the team behind Snap Judgment
Snap Judgment attempts to report on every murder in the city of Oakland in 2017, and tells the stories of the people lost to violence.
"44 Years" by Love + Radio
Albert Woodfox spent over four decades in solitary confinement -- longer than any prisoner in American history.