NHDP - Stephen Hypocrisy Hit Parade Continues

Stephen Stands with Barbour to Attack John Lynch, While Barbour Lets Criminals Out After  Serving Just 25 Percent of Their Minimum Sentence

Concord - John Stephen continued his hypocrisy hit parade, standing with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour to attack Gov. John Lynch, even after Barbour signed a bill that repealed truth-in-sentencing and lets criminals go after serving just 25 percent of their minimum sentences.

Gov. Lynch signed a law that requires all offenders to serve at least 100 to 120 percent of their minimum sentencing, and which the author of New Hampshire's truth-in-sentencing law, former Republican House Speaker Donna Sytek says preserves truth-in-sentencing. The law also requires mandatory supervision of offenders who are about to released.

John Stephen on Monday held a press conference with Barbour to attack the law.

"John Stephen's hypocrisy hit parade keeps on going. John Stephen stood with Haley Barbour to make false attacks against Gov. Lynch about a change in law supported by victims, their families, law
enforcement, and Republicans leaders in the legislature," said Mike Brunelle, executive director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

"And John Stephen made these attacks standing side by side with Haley Barbour who in the last two years has released 3,000 convicted felons from prison - some who have only served 25 percent of their minimum sentences," Brunelle said.

"Both Stephen and Barbour should be ashamed of their false, misleading attacks," Brunelle said. "And if Stephen is serious about his false attacks - then he should show it by returning the money Haley Barbour raised for him and condemning Barbour for letting prisoners out before they complete their minimum sentences."

Barbour signed a law in 2007 repealing Mississippi's truth-in-sentencing law and making offenders eligible for parole after serving 25 percent of their sentences. Since then, Mississippi has released more than 3,000 convicted felons. (Governing Magazine, August 2010)

Gov. Lynch signed a law requiring non-violent offenders to serve at least 100 percent to 120 percent of their sentences. No offender is eligible for parole before completing at least their minimum sentence.  The law also requires that offenders who are about to be complete their maximum prison system be supervised in the community. Victims and their advocates requested the change because under previous law, the state had no ability to supervise offenders who completed their maximum sentence.

"For John Stephen to use Haley Barbour - who eliminated truth-in-sentencing - to attack Gov. Lynch on a law that requires offenders to serve at least their minimum sentences - shows his hypocrisy and how low he is willing to stoop," Brunelle said.