MANCHESTER, NH – On Monday, New Hampshire State Representative Ross Berry (R-Manchester) announced he was tabling legislation that would end the personal engagement (PR) bond for those arrested while they were currently on bail.
Berry, who represents Hillsborough 44 (made up of Manchester wards 8 and 9 as well as Litchfield), says the system has been abused in the past and he believes anyone arrested while awaiting trial for another earlier arrest should face a judge for and be required to be detained until that point, even if that means keeping those arrested in custody over the weekend.
He says his constituents and police patrol officers told him people had been arrested for the exact same crime for which they had been arrested hours earlier.
Berry adds that the bill he seeks to propose would not do away with the public relations bill for those facing a first-time offense.
“Don’t get me wrong, I think the underlying law that gave us a PR bond needs to be overhauled, but it looks like others at Concord don’t have the political will to do it. I hope we can come to some common ground and agree that people who have been arrested multiple times should not be released without proper bail, ”he said. “It has reached levels of ridicule which are stranger than fiction and I hope to help stem the tide of criminals released onto our streets.”