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Probation versus parole


June 11. 2018 9:25PM




To the Editor: I’ve noticed during the last few years that the New Hampshire Department of Corrections and the New Hampshire media use the term “probationer” or “on probation” to describe repeat offenders who are arrested for new crimes while on parole.

The current revolving-door of justice that has been in effect since 2010, to allegedly save money and give the department and government the ability to claim incarceration numbers are down. I believe it is a concerted effort by the DOC to refer to repeat offenders on parole as probationers to give the public the false notion that these suspects aren’t parolees who have done time in prison, but individuals who are on probation without a previous record of prison incarceration.

PHIL CHESSMAN

Concord


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