NH House Leaders Statement on Passage of SB52 Parole Board Reform

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today released the following statement regarding the passage of SB 52, a reform bill to restore authority of the parole board.

House Speaker William O’Brien

 “Under the bill the discretion of our state’s parole board is restored.  Violent and sex offenders should not be automatically released early from their sentences without a specific review of their status and determination by the parole board that a release is appropriate.  Parole violators also should not face merely a 90-day return to incarceration following their violations.  Rather, they should be released earlier than their full sentences only when the parole board believes that release is appropriate.”

House Majority D.J. Bettencourt

“These reforms were necessary to make New Hampshire a safer place in which to live.  We must always do everhthing we can to protect the families and children of our state.”