The Grafton County Drug Court, which allowed the League study committee incredible access several years ago to their process, had a graduation ceremony at the Grafton Court in Haverhill on Nov. 17, 2014. This is the first graduation of the court that has more females than males successfully completing the program that focuses on treatment and changing behaviors as an alternative to a felony sentence. Recent work showed that female drug offenders often need gender-specific protocols to be successful, so this graduation is a milestone. The League's congratulations to the women and men who have turned their lives around.
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Some of our reports to members during our study process can be found on the Publications page as part of our NH Voter newsletters.
Interview in the Valley News, November 25, 2012, on the League's study: <http://www.vnews.com/search/2822007-95/women-prison-league-county>
The two articles below were the starting point for our study:
Women Behind Bars: a study by the NH Women's Policy Institute [Download the pdf file]
Double Jeopardy: a study by the NH Commission on the Status of Women (2004) <http://www.prisonpolicy.org/scans/double_jeopardy.pdf>
More recent articles and material we used and continue to refer to:
Report on Women Participating in Drug Court (Grafton County recommendations) Dec. 2012 Downlaod the pdf file
Sentencing In NH [Download the pdf file]
Court System in NH [Download the pdf file]
Recidivism in NH report on 2007 cohort <http://www.nh.gov/nhdoc/divisions/publicinformation/documents/2007_recidivism.pdf>
Recidivism in NH report on 2006 cohort [Download the pdf file]
Recidivism in NH report on 2004 cohort [Download the pdf file]
Reducing Recidivism Study: 2009, a national study [Download the pdf file]
NH Department of Corrections Report 2013 http://www.nh.gov/nhdoc/divisions/publicinformation/documents/annual-report-2013.pdf
NH Dept of Corrections annual report 2014 http://www.nh.gov/nhdoc/divisions/publicinformation/documents/annual-report-2014.pdf The recidivism report for the 2009 cohort (3 yr study of those released in 2009) is on pp. 16-18 of this annual report. Happily the recidivism rate for women continues to decline: 39.7% in this most recent cohort.
"Locking Up Fewer Kids: New Hampshire and the Nation See Steady Decline in Youth Incarceration
America's rate of locking up youth has dropped by more than 40 percent over a 15-year period, with no decrease in public safety, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
A new KIDS COUNT data snapshot, Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States, reports that the number of young people in correctional facilities on a single day fell to 70,792 in 2010, from a high of 107,637 in 1995. This downward trend, documented in data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, has accelerated in recent years.
New Hampshire's rate of incarcerating youth fell from 186 per 100,000 in 1997 to 97 per every 100,000 youth (a drop of 69 children) and is fourth in the nation for lowest incarceration rates.
The report recommends alternative approaches to youth incarceration, including community based programs. "Locking up young people has lifelong consequences (...)," said Bart Lubow director of the Foundation's Juvenile Justice Strategy Group.
"Our decreasing reliance on incarceration presents an exceptional opportunity to respond to juvenile delinquency in a more cost-effective and humane way - and to give these youth a real chance to turn themselves around." Contact us: 2 Delta Drive,Concord NH 03301 firstname.lastname@example.org
This bill passed the NH House in spring 2013.
After that it was announced that plans to privatize the NH prison system were cancelled. The building of a new prison for women, to replace the Goffstown facility, was included in the 2013-14 capital budget. The prison will be on land in Concord already owned by the state as part of the men's prison site.