Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
(DHHS), Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) is announcing the
Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC) has achieved PREA (Prison Rape
Elimination Act) compliance. PREA is a federal law established to address
the elimination and prevention of sexual abuse and rape in correctional and
juvenile systems. SYSC is one of the first juvenile facilities in the
country to achieve PREA compliance.
“This is an incredible accomplishment for New Hampshire as the requirements
to achieve this compliance were very strict,” said DHHS Commissioner
Nicholas Toumpas. “This is a testament to our staff and their commitment
to ensuring the best possible outcomes for the youth in our care.”
The audit looked at 2 years of staff efforts to comply with extremely
detailed requirements. SYSC staff and staff within DCYF worked together to
ensure New Hampshire complied with not only the standards of PREA but the
‘spirit’ of PREA, which is safety of youth and staff. This work included,
but was not limited to the following:
· Approximately 300 different PREA standards were embedded into
· Two new policies were developed specifically for PREA.
· Since August 20, 2013, SYSC has over 170 youth intakes with
orientation forms including Vulnerability Assessments and
· Over 600 PREA forms have been uploaded into the case files of the 170
· Review of every policy, and re-writing of 27 policies.
The findings from the audit highlight these and other achievements and
recognized SYSC as having better safety and security practices than most
facilities. “Other states would have difficulty meeting the standards that
New Hampshire has set with forms, policies, training curriculum, and
reporting processes,” said William Benjamin, auditor for the US Department
of Justice. “New Hampshire has set the standard for Medical and Mental
Health Care in their treatment programs, a credit to the therapeutic
programs SYSC already had in place.”
“The audit results serve to confirm that the Division is committed to not
only the national compliance standards, but the philosophy and spirit
behind those standards which is youth and staff safety,” said DCYF Director
To read the complete audit visit:
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Concord, NH - Join SGP NH as we welcome Deputy Michelle Clarke, Merrimack County Sheriff's Office, who will talk about R.A.D., the Rape Aggression Defense System, a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.
Deputy Clarke has been a deputy with the since 2006 and in law enforcement for more than a decade. She holds a Master's Degree in Justice Administration and is an adjunct faculty member at NHTI. Deputy Clarke has been a Rape Aggression Defense instructor for almost 10 years and in 2012 achieved the status of Instructor Trainer. She also teaches RAD for Men and Seniors. Deputy Clarke has been the NH RAD State director since 2005. She has presented at the RAD International training Conference for the past five years and was the recipient of the "Aggressor Award" for promotion of the RAD safety programs in her community.
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Concord, NH- Congressman Charlie Bass released the following statement to the media today:
"As I was traveling throughout New Hampshire Monday, I made it clear to a number of people that the comments made by Representative Akin are insensitive, ignorant and inexcusable. I vehemently disagree with his remarks. They lack reason, compassion or a demonstrated understanding of this reprehensible act of violence against women. As I stated to several constituents Monday, Representative Akin should immediately step down from the Missouri Senate race. He has proven with his comments that he does not have the temperament or judgment to continue.”
A new NRO editorial, “Step Aside, Todd Akin,” criticizes Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s controversial remarks on rape and abortion, stating:
We suspect that this same lack of judgment will cause Akin to blow past tomorrow evening’s deadline for him to leave the race and allow the Republicans to select a better nominee. We hope the congressman, who surely wants to see a Senate with as much conservative strength as possible next year, will prove us wrong.
The complete text of the editorial follows. It can also be found on National Review Online at http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/314502/step-aside-todd-akin-editors.
By The Editors
Representative Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senator from Missouri, became nationally notorious yesterday for saying something stupid. In the course of explaining why he believes abortion should be illegal even when pregnancies result from rape, he said that in cases of “legitimate rape” the victim’s body has defense mechanisms that usually prevent pregnancy.
Give the man points for concision, at least: His remarks combined several mistakes with brutal efficiency. There is no evidence for Akin’s biological claim. The frequency with which rape results in pregnancy has no bearing on whether abortion should be allowed when it does. And while it is not completely clear what point Akin was trying to make with the phrase, “legitimate rape” should not appear in any good one.
Only a small minority of Americans opposes abortion in cases of rape, and some Democrats are now trying to claim that the real scandal in Akin’s remarks is that he, and some other Republicans, belongs to it. For the very same reason this issue offers Democrats political opportunities, however, it is only a theoretical one: No state is going to ban abortion in the case of rape even if Roe v. Wade is overruled — and even if Akin were elected to the Senate. Everyone knows this. (In contrast, Obama’s minority position on abortion — that infants who survive abortion should have no legal protection if they are at an early stage of development — led him to fight an actual change in the law.)
Some voters may nevertheless find a candidate’s theoretical view so abhorrent that they cannot support him, and it is a perfectly legitimate issue for opponents to raise. Most Republicans who hold the view that unborn children have a right to life regardless of the circumstances of their conception will have the wit to explain themselves in a way that prevents most voters who disagree from vetoing them for that reason.
While Akin is a stalwart conservative and an honorable man, we regret to say that he inspires no such confidence. That is one reason why Senator Claire McCaskill, the sitting Democratic senator, boosted him during the Republican primaries with ads calling him a “true conservative.” She knew that she is the weakest Senate incumbent on the ballot this year and that her only hope was to draw a weak opponent. Akin won a three-way primary with a plurality of the vote; there was no run-off. McCaskill’s strategy is now paying off.
Akin has backed off from his remarks, albeit with the politician’s excuse of “misspeaking.” People who make such remarks on television are typically capable of making more like them, or rather incapable of exercising the judgment to refrain. We suspect that this same lack of judgment will cause Akin to blow past tomorrow evening’s deadline for him to leave the race and allow the Republicans to select a better nominee. We hope the congressman, who surely wants to see a Senate with as much conservative strength as possible next year, will prove us wrong.
GOP candidates and legislators support same anti-choice agenda espoused by Rep. Akin.
CONCORD - While New Hampshire Republicans may not use the same offensive language as Rep. Akin, many are pursuing the same offensive, anti-choice agenda - with a goal of banning all abortions, even in the case of rape and incest, said Terie Norelli, New Hampshire House Minority Leader.
"Akin's comments were offensive and despicable, show incredible ignorance towards the victims of rape and comments like these have no place in civil dialogue. It is disappointing that both Republican candidates for Governor nor the leaders of House and Senate have spoken up to condemn these remarks," said Norelli. "Though New Hampshire politicians have not used the offensive language of Rep. Akin, many have long advocated for the same dangerous restrictions on abortion."
For example, Norelli pointed to so-called Parental Notification legislation passed by the Republican-led House in 2011 that did not include an exception for rape or incest. Gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith, lobbyist for the conservative group Cornerstone, lobbied for that legislation and lobbied to override the Governor's veto of it.
Gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne supports a constitutional amendment that would make all abortion, even in the cases of rape and incest, a crime, and even outlaw some forms of birth control and fertility treatments. As a candidate for U.S. Senate, Lamontagne supported a "Human Life Amendment" that would make all abortions a crime, and even make some forms of birth control and fertility treatments unconstitutional.
"The positions held and actions taken by Republican legislators and candidates in New Hampshire are the same radical position held by Representative Akin in Missouri," said Norelli. "The women of New Hampshire deserve to represented by individuals who have public health and safety as a top priority, not ideology."