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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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NH Senate Passes Repeal 14-10!

Today, (March 15, 2018) the NH Senate Passed Death Penalty Repeal by a Vote of 14-10

The NH Senate today deliberated nearly one hour before passing Senate Bill 593 with a bipartisan vote of 14-10. Watch the full debate and vote on YouTube here.   Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform has long supported the repeal of the NH Death Penalty. We are pleased to announce that on March 15, 2018 the NH senate did just that. SINCE THE DEATH penalty was reinstated in the United States in 1973, for every 10 people who have been executed across the country, one person has been exonerated. A 10 percent wrongful conviction is unacceptable when we execute people. The bill now passes to the NH House and we encourage them to show the same bold courage as the Senate. Let your legislators know you support repealing the Death Penalty -

Let’s pack a rules hearing Friday, March 16, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Friday is the biggest State House showdown since 50 loved ones of prisoners spoke at a 2011 hearing to keep 600 inmates from transferring to Arizona. The Joint Rules Committee will hear testimony at 9 a.m. in Room 306 of the Legislative Office Building on 120 pages of proposed prison administrative rules. You can see them all at this link. The key rules are in the 300 and 400 series.  https://www.nh.gov/nhdoc/news/2017/draftrules2017.htm
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