New Hampshire Parole Laws : Major Change Effective July 1, 2014 Allows Sentence Reduction for Rehabilitation Efforts

New Hampshire Parole Laws.  In July 2014, House Bill 649 became effective. This law changes parole eligibility for people serving sentences at the New Hampshire State Prison by crediting hard working inmates for their educational and vocational rehabilitation efforts.  A copy of the legislative history and the bill, which was signed into law by Governor Hassan on July 11, 2014, can be read by clicking here.  Inmates classified in general population or on minimum security classifications can be eligible for the following reductions from their minimum and maximum sentences:

60 days for completing a vocational program
60 days for completing another vocational program
60 days for meaningful participation in a mental health program
60 days for meaningful participation in a parenting program.
90 days for a graduate equivalency diploma 
120 days for a high school diploma
180 days for an associates degree
180 days for a bachelors degree.

This is a positive development for those inmates who are working hard on rehabilitation and toward making themselves more employable when they are eligible for parole in New Hampshire.  If you have questions about the parole eligibility of a spouse, child, parent, friend or loved one, please do not hesitate to call me.

Attorney Mark Stevens
Law Offices of Mark Stevens
5 Manor Parkway
Salem, NH 03079

Attorney Mark Stevens at New Hampshire Parole Hearing

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