Governor wants changes to bail reform in New Hampshire

Published: Oct. 4, 2019 at 11:52 AM EDT
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New Hampshire's Republican governor is planning to convene a meeting this month to consider changes to the bail system amid concerns from law enforcement in the state's largest city that suspects are being arrested multiple times.

Gov. Chris Sununu said Friday that he wants Democrats and Republicans to come together to fix the problem, following Manchester police complaints that recent changes in the system are resulting in suspects being released on personal recognizance bail, only to be rearrested for a separate crime.

Last year, the Legislature approved sweeping bail reform measures over concerns that suspects were being jailed because they couldn't afford bail. People suspected of a low-level offense are released on personal recognizance, as long as a judge determines they are not a danger to themselves or the public.

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