According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, New Hampshire’s prison population has more than doubled since 1990. The state’s population has grown just a fifth during the same time period. As a result, New Hampshire’s prison system is facing overcrowding and rising costs. A report from the state Department of Corrections said nearly half of inmates released in 2014, the most recent year for which a study has been completed, have since returned to prison. Many of these inmates return due to substance abuse.
The Issues of Incarceration Task Force’s mission is to learn about issues facing the justice system and advocate for reform to end the cycle of recidivism and rising inmate populations in New Hampshire.