About Us

Our mission. Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform works for a just, humane, and restorative judicial and correctional system by means of research, public education, legislative advocacy, coalition building, community organizing, and litigation. We support rational, cost-effective programs and policies that reduce crime, lower recidivism, and make our society safer.

Our vision. CCJR seeks a system of justice that protects the community while promoting the rehabilitation of offenders and the well-being of inmate families.

Our goals

  • Build, empower, and mobilize an active statewide coalition.
  • Debunk common myths and stereotypes about prison and offenders.
  • Reform the criminal justice process to make it more restorative and less adversarial.
  • Promote alternatives to incarceration which are less costly and more effective than prison, such as fines, counseling, community service, and restitution.
  • Advocate for programs that maintain relationships between inmates and their loves ones.
  • Work to reintegrate offenders back into their families and communities.
  • Address addiction as a healthcare issue, not as a criminal offense, and redirect resources to prevention and treatment.
  • Oppose mandatory minimum sentences and dangerous overcrowding in our jails and prisons.
  • Serve as a networking resource for prisoners and their families.
“The Granite State has long needed a voice like CCJR to challenge the myths behind decades of draconian state policies on crime.” — Chris Dornin, a former correctional counselor, retired State House reporter, and the founder of Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform. 

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  "Justice denied anywhere — diminishes justice everywhere." —Martin Luther King

Death Penalty repeal dies 12-12 in NH Senate

The New Hampshire Senate this morning blocked capital punishment repeal by a 12-12 tally, then voted 24-0 to table that bill, HB 1170. Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) said a simple majority could thus bring the legislation off the table for another showdown before the end of the legislative session.

ALERT: Join vigil during death penalty vote Apr. 17

Senators vote Thursday morning, April 17th on HB 1170 to abolish the death penalty, a bill that sailed through the House by 225-104. Supporters of repeal will circle the State House (8:30a.m.) during the Senate floor session holding candles to let lawmakers know a lot of people care about the issue. Nobody tell how the showdown vote will go, because some senators are still undecided.  (We'll start by meeting at 8:30AM on the State House lawn to form a human... ring around the State House. Once the session begins at 10AM, we'll move to the Senate Chambers in the State House. The Senate will be discussing a number of bills before ours, but we anticipate HB1170 will be taken up before they break for lunch.)


It was a Monday. My wife and I sat in the lawyer’s office as I told my story.  It wasn’t pretty. Three times over the past year, I had crossed physical and emotional boundaries with a 15-year old girl, the daughter of family friends.

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