Another View — Mark Holden, Devon Chaffee, and Christine Leonard : We cannot ‘live free or die’ without meaningful criminal justice reform
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.