Posts Tagged ‘New Hampshire’

Hate crime training

May 28, 2019

This NPR segment reports hate crime training delivered in New Hampshire by two formal federal officials on behalf of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The session aimed to familiarize officers with recent local and national hate incidents and generate discussion of the pros and cons of separate hate crime laws. Officers were skeptical of the need for special laws but supported the training, saying “If we don’t train, if we don’t stay on top of the current changes and laws and the attitudes and the climate, then we’re going to pay a big price for that. We’ll lose the trust of the community, and we can’t do that.”

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Victim tracking of rape kits

April 9, 2019

An increasing number of states have laws establishing rape kit tracking systems, as reported here. At least 17 states now have such laws, with 5 others pending this year. A key feature of the systems, besides helping officials track cases and reduce backlogs, is empowering victims to monitor the status of evidence collected from them. Advocates argue this “provides a degree of transparency and accountability that, until now, had been notoriously absent from sexual-assault cases.”

State laws on police video

October 12, 2016

This article from The Pew Charitable Trusts reviews the status of public access to body-worn camera video, including an interactive map that summarizes each state’s current laws. Almost half the states have enacted new legislation in the last two years.

Mapping mass shootings

December 3, 2015

This brief article includes an interactive U.S. map of mass shootings since 26 innocents were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School 3 years ago. Hawaii, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Wyoming appear to be the only states that have avoided such an incident.