CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says he intends to sign a bill aimed at preventing low-risk offenders from being held behind bars just because they can’t afford bail.
Both the House and Senate last week approved a compromise version of the bill, despite the objections of the state’s 10 county attorneys, who argued it would put public safety at risk. Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau says one future solution might be allowing judges to hold suspected drug dealers and others without bail if they’re deemed dangerous.
Sununu told WMUR-TV that while both sides were passionate, he sides with police chiefs who backed the bill and plans to sign it.