Governor Hassan Creates Juvenile Justice Commission

The Governor’s Office released information earlier today that Governor Maggie Hassan issued an Executive Order that calls for the creation of the Governor’s Commission to Review and Advise on Services to At-Risk Adolescent Youth in New Hampshire. According to the release, Governor Hassan issued this order to improve New Hampshire’s juvenile justice system and ensure that at-risk youth receive the support that they need to rehabilitate and become successful members of society.

Last month, the Governor vetoed HB 391, which also called for the establishment of a Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. She felt other changes included in the bill would have undone the state’s success in moving away from an incarceration-based system into one more focused on treatment.

We know that many members were disappointed with the Governor’s veto. Today’s order should begin address many of the issues workers at Sununu Youth Services have been identifying over the last few years. We are encouraged by today’s order and hopeful that change is on the way at SYSC.

The full text of the order can be read here.

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