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Default HB595 Effective 01/01/2009 as planned?

Has all of the "stipulations” been finalized yet for House Bill 595? If so, will the Bill be Effective 01/01/2009 as planned? And how does the process begin? Do the Inmates, Parolees, & A.H.C. participants send their requests to the sentencing court, or to the D.O.C. for sentence modifications? Also, can the requests be sent in any earlier than the effective date? Thank you,
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I have contacted my husbands attorney to see if I can find out anymore info about that. When he gets back with me because he told me that he would look into it. I will post it when I find out...

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Thank you alwayshopeful,
There is nothing about the "stipulations” and/or completion of the Bill in the doc web site. There's been nothing in the newspapers, television, etc. In checking the New Hampshire GenCourt - Bill Status System, I find nothing there either. Anything you can find out would be much appreciated. I suspect that since the bill was signed by the Governor, then by law it has to go into effect by the first if the year. Maybe Jeff Lyons could shed some light on it, along with the other questions I posted, when he comes back into the forum again.
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We have already implemented the new policy. You can read the policy in its entirety on our website: http://www.nh.gov/nhdoc/documents/1-48.pdf.

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We have already implemented the new policy. You can read the policy in its entirety on our website: http://www.nh.gov/nhdoc/documents/1-48.pdf.

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I found it in the link you provided on page 4, under the title;
'Criteria for Suitability'
A. Category I Clemency Board
(Criteria for non-violent offenders)


I see where the effective date was changed to 10/1/08.
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That is great information......thanks for asking Cactus. And thank you Mr. Lyons.
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I just read that; "State law allows Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn to recommend that an inmate be granted a sentence suspension even if they have not been in prison long enough to qualify". I'd say that Commission Wrenn has got to be one of the most informed, hands-on and common sensed State Official, we could ever ask for! See link below;
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See Article on WMUR Channel 9 New Hampshire Website.

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I've just read some of these threads and the commissioner gave a link that has nothing to do with GOOD TIME. It is a proccess involving a court appearance and recomendations for SENTENCE REDUCTION or SUSPENSION. So don't be relieved. It is a trite move on the wardens part.
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I missed the article.....I will have to web search it....thanks.
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pmitch, here is the artical I was refering to;
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Worthy+inmates+may+get+sente nce+break&articleId=37782c2d-531d-4108-b120-5d013f0e76c6
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You may be interested to know that the first review panel has been scheduled at the NH State Prison for Women in the early January. Commissioner Wrenn, Director of Field Services Mike McAlister, and Warden Joanne Fortier will have a handful of female inmate applications to review. These meetings are not open to the public because they are an internal review which is why I am not giving out the specific date and time.

If any of the inmates are recommended for early release, the information should become public at the court level.

I just wanted to let you know that this is going ahead as planned and hopefully we'll be holding similar boards at other prison facilities in the weeks ahead.

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Mr. Lyons, would you happen to know where the applications are available? And do those who are released on A.H.C. and parolees qualify?
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I've just read some of these threads and the commissioner gave a link that has nothing to do with GOOD TIME. It is a proccess involving a court appearance and recomendations for SENTENCE REDUCTION or SUSPENSION. So don't be relieved. It is a trite move on the wardens part.
Trite? There is nothing “Trite” about it!
This review panel is doing exactly what it’s set out to do. It’s an incentive to better ones-self and a chance for Inmates to reduce their prison time. You are correct however, it is not considered the “Good Time” bill. Neither is it a sentence reduction bill. I’ve been told it’s actually called; ’Sentence Modification’.
Look, the incentive to follow through with the doc recommended programs; is one of the two huge benefits to this process; for the long-term success against recidivism, or “revolving door”.
The other HUGE benefit is of course; if the court agrees and approves the Inmates Application, there may be a suspension made to his or her sentence. I don’t know about you, but I say even one day in custody or prison, is one day too many! And if you know New Hampshire, then you should know that this is a big step in the right direction for this State, regardless of how“trite” you think it is.
Also, I’ve been told that the ‘Sentence Modification’ process is much the same as the A.H.C. application process. It gets reviewed by a number of people, then sent to the Commissioners desk. If the Commissioner gives his approval and recommends it, it’s then sent to the sentencing court for final approval.
Seems to me that the Commissioner is legally doing whatever he can to not only help the State cut costs, but help out w/the Inmate’s best interests as well.
And for the State of New Hampshire,
That’s anything BUT “trite”!
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I NEED to know if this also affects people on parole and if so, what are the steps that need to be taken in order to be considered for sentence modification...........
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I am very glad they are starting with the women's prison.....there are so many there that should not even be there.....especially with youngs one at home left with other family members in most cases or foster homes or
Dads that are not around.
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I was informed that the first step is with the parole officer.
He or she should be able to get your application started.

I'm looking forward to hearing about this months results at the womens prison.
I hope this new sentence modification program runs smoothly,
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Thanks Cactus, but the Union Leader does not keep their articles on line.....you have to pay for them to retrieve.
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Opps, Sorry about that! When I posted that link it still worked.
The link Mr. Lyons provided on page 4, is under the title;
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I'm looking forward to hearing about this months results at the womens prison.
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I am also looking to hear how it is going. This could make a positive difference in so many lives. I am praying for success.
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I am also looking to hear how it is going. This could make a positive difference in so many lives. I am praying for success.
Yes, maybe we'll hear something about it soon!
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The new Sentence Modification Review does not affect parole. It is geared toward incarcerated inmates. Basically if you go through the petition process, get recommended by the commissioner, and then get approved by your sentencing court, it essentially results in early parole.

This is all fairly new ground for the Department of Corrections and we are still working with the Attorney General's office to do what is right. I think it was Cactus who contacted me a few weeks ago about whether offenders on A-H-C qualify. At the time I said there is nothing the prohibits them from doing so but since then I have learned that the Review Board will not consider A-H-C petitions because they are already outside the prison. I apologize to Cactus for my earlier erroneous statement.

There is a process to petition for early termination from parole but this has to start with your Probation/Parole Officer. You have to be able to show that you have adhered to the terms of your parole, been on good behavior, and made a good faith effort to pay off outstanding restitution among other things. It is covered by RSA 651-A:12 and RSA 651-A:14. But it still requires an order from the sentencing court. The Commissioner is not part of this process. You have to work with your PPO and the Parole Board.

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As to the question about the results. On Jan. 6 the review board looked a five female petitions and on Jan. 15 it looked at four petitions in Concord. No decisions have been finalized yet.

The Department of Corrections position is that these are internal review boards (like classification boards) and are not subject to the open meeting law but the accompanying documents can be released publically after we issue our decision. A letter will be sent to the petitioners telling them they are either suitable or unsuitable candidates. That will be signed by the Commissioner. As of today he has not yet issued a decision so nothing is being released.

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