NH House Leadership Statement on the Passage of SB 52, Parolees and Early Releases

The following statements were issued today following the passage of SB 52, which is the legislative "fix" to SB 500 passed in 2010.

House Speaker William O’Brien:

“The idea that New Hampshire would let violent criminals, including murderers and child rapists, out of prison early is against common sense and our commitment to keeping our families safe.  This law corrects a significant problem that undermined public safety.  Giving our parole board the authority to do their jobs is essential to keeping dangerous predators off our streets,” said O’Brien.

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt:

“These reforms were much needed to correct an oversight in the law passed in 2010.  The parole board will now have a significant role over inmates returned to prison for recommittal following parole violations.  Violent criminals 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.   This is yet another step that we have taken to make New Hampshire a safer place to live for our families and the people who visit us."