CRIMINAL JUSTICE

A bill that would abolish the death penalty in New Hampshire has cleared both the House and Senate, but Governor Chris Sununu has promised to veto the measure. Sununu says he's standing with law enforcement in his promise to veto.

Judge Thomas Estes, right, with his attorney David Hoose.
Ally Jarmanning / WBUR

This week, the highest court in Massachusetts heard arguments about whether Thomas Estes, a district court judge from the western part of the state, should face punishment for an affair with a court employee. 

Before he signed a package of criminal justice reforms Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker outlined new legislation he was filing to fund some of its costs and alter some of its provisions.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Implementing a massive criminal justice reform law signed last week will cost Massachusetts an estimated $15 million this fiscal year and as much as $40 million next year, according to Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts state Senator Karen Spilka, center, speaking on March 22, 2018.
File photo / State House News Service

Monday is the 99th day of 2018. We're anticipating a transfer of leadership in the Massachusetts Senate on July 23, the 204th day of the year.

Prison entrance.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

After months of contemplation, the Massachusetts legislature has approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a pair of bills overhauling the state’s criminal justice system.

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