Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Notable Links Digest – April 8, 2015

Another View — Mark Holden, Devon Chaffee, and Christine Leonard : We cannot ‘live free or die’ without meaningful criminal justice reform
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150408
By MARK HOLDEN, DEVON CHAFFEE, AND CHRISTINE LEONARD
New Hampshire Union Leader

For nonviolent offenders facing years, decades or even life in prison, “live free or die” takes on a whole different meaning.

New Hampshire has a low and stable crime rate, but its prison population is a different story. Between 1999 and 2009, the prison population increased 22 percent, and annual state spending on corrections doubled to more than $100 million. This reflects disturbing trends nationwide.

As home to the first-in-the-nation primary, New Hampshire will play a critical role in shaping the national debate over criminal justice reform. Pressing presidential candidates on the issues can help make the dream of a “second chance” a bipartisan reality.

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