The Manchester Free Press

Monday • December 4 • 2023

Vol.XV • No.XLIX

Manchester, N.H.

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Hear Testimony on Why the Registry is Unconsitutional

Wed, 2023-09-27 15:03 +0000

Hear Testimony on  Why the Registry is Unconsitutional

With Great Sadness We Announce the Passing of Tom Adams

Mon, 2023-09-11 03:06 +0000

Tom has been actively involved with Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR) since July 2011, just six months after the organization was founded. His contributions to CCJR have been invaluable, as he has served as a faithful board member and volunteer, dedicating his time and effort to the organization's mission.

His roles within CCJR have been crucial to its success:

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Youngkin pardons Loudoun County dad convicted after confronting school board about daughter's sexual assault

Sun, 2023-09-10 00:00 +0000

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has issued a full pardon for a Loudoun County father who he says was wrongfully prosecuted and convicted for standing up for his daughter at a 2021 Loudoun County School Board meeting after she was sexually assaulted at school.

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We are on a Temporary Suspension

Fri, 2023-06-02 18:25 +0000

The Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform Board has decided to temporarily suspend all operations from June to November 2023. This pause is essential as we contemplate the future direction of our organization.

During this period, we will not be accepting any new memberships or donations, as we carefully evaluate the possibilities of reorganization or dissolution. Your understanding and patience during this reflective phase are greatly appreciated. We will keep you updated on any developments regarding the future of our organization.


Service to notify victims about offenders via texts, emails

Sat, 2023-03-18 18:37 +0000

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire is starting an Automated Victim Information and Notification System, to keep crime victims aware of an offender's status via text messages, emails and phone calls. Victim advocates will be registering crime victims, who will then maintain a personal profile to update their notification preferences and contact information. WATCH VIDEO

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Those in Prison, by Susan Zalatan

Sat, 2023-03-18 18:33 +0000

From Ex-con forum: Successful Reintegration Story

Sat, 2023-03-18 18:30 +0000
"I did 15 years in prison and when I got out it was like being on another planet. Everything had changed so much and it was so overwhelming, I couldn't even walk into a store or just be around everyday people without panicking and sweating, words couldn't describe how I felt…

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Join Webinar JAN 25: Challenging 50 Years of Mass Incarceration

Sat, 2023-01-21 18:56 +0000

Fifty years ago, the United States embarked on a path of mass incarceration that has led to a staggering increase in the correctional population. Today, nearly two million people - disproportionately Black Americans - are living in prisons and jails instead of their communities. In the early 1970s this count was 360,000.

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Primary Caregiver Bill - Sponsored by FREE HER

Thu, 2023-01-19 18:52 +0000
Please to Share the following: New Hampshire FREE HER Campaign and The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls is committed to abolishing incarceration of women and girls Campaign Kickoff event on February 6, 2023 from 6-7pm. Senator Perkins Kwoka, & Joseph Lascaze from the ACLU as well as a directly impacted mother. SIGN UP HERE

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Unique process leads to suspended sentence in hit-and-run

Wed, 2023-01-04 00:00 +0000

Families of suspect, victim meet to reach settlement

A man who crashed into a person on the side of a New Hampshire highway who was helping victims of a car crash was given a suspended sentence Wednesday after taking part in a restorative justice process.

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From all of us at CCJR - Merry Christmas

Fri, 2022-12-23 18:42 +0000

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'I'm Appalled,' Says Source of Phony Number Used to Justify Harsh Sex Offender Laws

Mon, 2022-12-19 18:25 +0000
Claims of "frightening and high" recidivism rates, endorsed by the Supreme Court, have no basis in fact.

A New York Times "op-doc" posted this week zeroes in on a persistent myth that has helped inspire and sustain harsh policies aimed at sex offenders: the idea that their recidivism rate is "frightening and high," as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy put it in a pair of cases decided a decade and a half ago. David Feige, a former public defender who directed Untouchable, a 2016 documentary about sex offenders, shows how an uncorroborated assertion in a 1986 Psychology Today article continues to influence the politicians who pass laws and the judges who uphold them.

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Department of Justice releases data showing impact of COVID-19 in state, federal prisons

Fri, 2022-08-26 16:11 +0000


New data from the Department of Justice is reporting the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in U.S. prisons.

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Interesting Study from the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

Wed, 2022-08-03 17:24 +0000

Interesting Study from the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

SEE .PDF File below

"Researchers and community agencies need to explore the needs of this forgotten population, especially as the country grapples with the loneliness associated with COVID-19 and various levels of quarantine. Individuals impacted by the incarceration of a loved one already have limited access to their loved ones behind bars. COVID-19 has dramatically decreased the amount and types of communication available to these individuals. Family members and friends, outside of prison walls, are also major sources of support for incarcerated individuals as they are released from prison (Sirois,2019). More than two million people are incarcerated in various facilities throughout the United States (Sawyer & Wagner, 2020; The Sentencing Project, 2020). Think about the number of individuals impacted by the incarceration of a loved one. Each of those incarcerated individuals have mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, and others. There are millions more impacted by incarceration, not accounted for in the two million incarcerated throughout the United States. The secondary prisonization of family members and friends, outside of prison walls, needs to be more fully explored, so that their needs are being met, which might enable them to continue providing invaluable support to individuals who cycle through our prison system."


Wed, 2022-03-09 15:52 +0000

Invitation to Participate in Anonymous Survey for Post Incarcerated People (GIFT CARD)

Fri, 2022-02-11 17:02 +0000
A researcher (Dr. Morgan) at the University of Maryland (and a University of New Hampshire alum!) conducting a national study on the experiences of people who have been incarcerated (released at least two years ago) and have successfully avoided further re-arrest. I seek to honor the challenges, strengths, and resilience of those who have been incarcerated in the United States.   Survey respondents will receive a $20.00 e-gift card upon survey completion. Note: they are having IT difficulties with the link. Expectations are that it will be resolved by Monday.  In the meantime, you may contact Dr. Morgan directly. 

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ALERT - FEB 9 Please Call or Email NH House Criminal Justice Committee Members before Feb 9

Wed, 2022-02-02 15:34 +0000

Predicted Storm has postponed HB1105 hearing until Feb. 9 at 2:15 pm

The NH House Criminal Justice Committee will meet in LOB 202 and receive testimony on HB-1105, a proposal to reduce the “Earned Time Credit” of an inmate.

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