Despite New Hampshire’s low and stable crime rate, between 1999 and 2009 the prison population increased 31 percent, and annual state spending on corrections doubled to more than $100 million. From 2009–10, the CSG Justice Center worked with New Hampshire state leaders to develop data-driven policy options designed to reduce corrections spending and increase public safety. CSG Justice Center experts interviewed stakeholders and conducted a comprehensive analysis of New Hampshire’s criminal justice data. The Justice Reinvestment Act was signed into law in 2010. Among other things, the legislation:
- Focuses supervision and resources on high-risk probationers by reducing the length of supervision for low-risk individuals;
- Enables probation officers to employ short, swift jail sanctions for minor probation violations, when permitted by judges at sentencing; and
- Establishes a 7-day residential intermediate sanction for minor parole violators and a designated 90-day parole revocation.
These policies are projected to avert up to $160 million in new construction and operating costs between 2010 and 2015. New Hampshire received implementation assistance from the CSG Justice Center.