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  • Limits Placed on the Filing of Juvenile Delinquency Petitions by New Hampshire Schools


    Tags: New Hampshire | School-to-Prison Pipeline | Legislation

    Under a new law, HB 433, New Hampshire schools are now required to try to resolve cases of student misbehavior through educational interventions before filing juvenile delinquency petitions, unless an incident presents a “serious threat to school safety,” such as acts involving weapons, controlled substances, sexual assault, or serious bodily injury. School officials—including school resource officers—must attempt to resolve behavioral problems through the school discipline process and engagement of the student’s parents or guardians. If these attempts fail, schools must include in their petition the efforts they have made and the reasons why court intervention is needed. The law includes additional procedural requirements when schools file petitions against youth with disabilities and IEPs (individualized education plans). H.B. 433/Act No. 2013-0198, signed into law July 9, 2013; effective January 1, 2014.

  • Children in Need of Services Petitions May Now Include Delinquency Offenses


    Tags: New Hampshire | Crossover and Dual Jurisdiction Youth | Legislation

    New Hampshire expanded eligibility for its Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program. Youth under the age of 18 who have committed offenses that are considered delinquent acts may now be eligible for a CHINS petition, allowing them and their families to receive support services and treatment from the state without youth entering the delinquency system. S.B. 349/Act No. 110, signed into law and effective May 29, 2012.

  • New Hampshire Limits Use of Child Restraint Practices, S.B. 396


    Tags: New Hampshire | Institutional Conditions | Juvenile Defense and Court Process | Legislation

    Schools and juvenile facilities in New Hampshire may no longer use physical restraints or containment techniques that could endanger a youth, use chemical restraints, intentionally inflict pain on a child, or unnecessarily subject youth to ridicule, humiliation, or emotional trauma. Restraints may never be used “explicitly or implicitly” as punishment for a youth’s behavior.

  • Disparities in Juvenile Justice System, New Hampshire Public Radio


    Tags: New Hampshire | Racial and Ethnic Disparities | Media

    Statistics from the New Hampshire Division of Juvenile Justice show that children in New Hampshire between the ages of 10-17 are three times more likely to be arrested than white 10-17 year olds. The statistics also show that Hispanic kids who have been arrested are twice as likely to have their cases go to court as their white counterparts. A committee made up of police officers, judges and advocates has begun to investigate the root causes of the disparity and to hold any individuals responsible accountable.