ACLU keeping close eye on planned border checkpoints

Jun 01, 2018
border patrol

Federal border patrol officials are planning five checkpoints in New Hampshire this summer. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Hampshire is monitoring the checkpoints to ensure they do not violate the constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

At highway checkpoints, border patrol agents can ask all travelers if they are in the United States legally. Travelers do not have to answer, but if they refuse, border patrol agents may temporarily detain them and try to determine their status.

Do you support legislation that would reduce the penalty for a first-time drug offense to a misdemeanor?

Jan 13, 2018

In 2018, New Hampshire lawmakers will consider HB 1678, a bill that would reduce the penalty for first-offense drug possession charges to a misdemeanor. In the case of repeat offenders, the sentencing court may decide whether to sentence them to a misdemeanor or a felony.

Do you support legislation that would send parole violators who are drug addicts into rehab instead of back to jail?

Dec 18, 2017
parole and drug rehab

A bill currently being considered by the NH Legislature, HB 143, would give the adult parole board the option of suspending the jail sentence of someone who violated their parole, if he or she “enters and successfully completes a residential or intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program deemed acceptable by the board.”

Current policy on parole violations

Currently, there is a standard minimum jail sentence of 90 days for violating parole. The parole board is allowed to make an exception to that rule under certain circumstances:

Using immigration checkpoints for drug searches?

Dec 13, 2017
drug sniffing dog enforcement search

The New Hampshire branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit that challenges the legality of drug arrests that were made during checkpoints on Interstate 93 in Woodstock near the border with Canada.

A mix of immigration and drug enforcement

This summer U.S. Customs and Border Protection collaborated with New Hampshire state and local police to search cars at a checkpoint about 90 miles from the Canadian border.

Increased drug enforcement on NH borders?

Mar 25, 2017
border drug enforcement

Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Senate voted in favor of SB 131, a bill that would increase funding for law enforcement efforts to combat the drug crisis, particularly at the state’s borders.

The bill uses $1.5 million out of an estimated $80 million surplus to fund hiring five new state police officers, to be assigned full-time to a new cross border drug interdiction program.

Senate passes needle exchange bill

Mar 24, 2017
syringe and needle exchange program

On Thursday, March 23 the New Hampshire Senate voted to allow needle exchange programs in New Hampshire.

Needle exchanges allow drug users to trade used hypodermic syringes for clean ones. 

The bill, SB 234, specifically authorizes community organizations and health centers to distribute hypodermic syringes.  SB 234 also legalizes the possession of trace amounts of drugs in a syringe if a person is part of a need exchange program. 

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