The bill to ban private prisons comes as the state continues to evaluate bids from private contractors for three potential projects: a 1500 bed facility for men; a 200 bed facility for women and a third co-ed prison.
The lead sponsor of the proposed ban, Keene Democrat Tim Robertson, says NH needs to stay far away from letting for profit companies run NH prisons.
"There is no evidence that they can actually save you money and the incentive is for them to get more money out of us by keeping people in longer and in longer and treating them worse."
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Studying the feasibility of running commuter rail from the Massachusetts border to Nashua, Manchester and Concord has been a fraught topic for the executive council. Last year, the then all GOP council, narrowly rejected the proposed study, which relies mostly on federal money, as too costly. But with democrats now holding a council majority, the issue got a fresh look. Governor Maggie Hassan says she hopes studying rail will answer a key question.
Opening statements began in federal court in Concord for the second trial of 43-year-old Beatrice Munyenyezi, a Manchester woman accused of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide so she could enter the United States and become a citizen.
Prosecutors say Munyenyezi ordered the rapes and murders of Tutsis and moderate Hutus during the genocide. They contend she was lying when she denied any role in the killings on papers used to enter the United States in 1995 and obtain citizenship in 2003. Munyenyezi's 2012 trial ended in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked.
Later this week 110 members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard will mobilize in support of combat operations in Afghanistan. The 237th Military Police Company will train in Texas for several months before departing to Khost Province.
77 of the soldiers are deploying for the first time. But others are on their second and third; one is one his fifth deployment.
It’s those repeated deployments that have been a signature of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – and a researcher at UNH, they could take a toll on servicemembers’ families.
New Hampshire’s Medicaid program currently insures poor children, the disabled and low income pregnant women.
But after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the state must decide if it wants to expand the program to adults that earn less than $15,000 a year: roughly 58,000 people in New Hampshire.
According to Representative Bill O’Brien, the state just can’t afford to cover those extra people.