Criminal Justice

Disability Rights Center - NH is working toward ending inadequate treatment and discrimination of individuals with disabilities in the adult corrections system. We represent a limited number of inmates who have specific questions related to their disability, such as access to assistive devices or for treatment for Hepatitis C. The DRC does not take cases relating to general medical care, or provider or treatment choice.

A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual: Rights of Prisoners with Disabilities, from The Columbia Human Rights Law Review

Policy Work - Juvenile Justice
For years, New Hampshire has incarcerated children for less serious offenses than the country as a whole, and kept them away from their communities for longer.  Over 70% of children committed to the Sununu Youth Services Center (formerly YDC) have emotional or other disabilities. During the 2013 session, DRC was instrumental in creating statutory standards and procedures which make it more difficult to remove non-dangerous children from their homes and which favor rehabilitation in community settings. Kevin Landrigan, a reporter for the Nashua Telegraph characterized the statutory changes as the most significant juvenile reforms in 30 years.

Individual Advocacy - Accommodations in prison
2004: NH State Prison Access/Accommodation Case Settles

The DRC does not handle criminal cases.

Other Places to Go For Legal Help:
New Hampshire Bar Association has a lawyer referral program.
New Hampshire Public Defender
NH Department of Justice Victim Resources