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Jul 21, 2015 2:15 PM

Concord inmate challenges new NH law reducing sentences

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A Concord inmate with ties to a white supremacist group is challenging a new state law allowing prisoners to earn time off from sentences, claiming it violates his and other gang members' civil rights by disqualifying them.

The Concord Monitor reports the law prohibits high-security inmates from receiving the sentence reductions, stating that they "may be forfeited" by anyone attempting escape or involved in a "security threat group."

Matthew Peters was sentenced in April to serve nine to 30 years for attacking a man at gunpoint and conspiring to smuggle drugs into prison. Authorities have linked the 24-year-old to the Brotherhood of White Warriors gang.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court, Peters claims the law unjustly discriminates against gang members and gives them no incentive to better themselves. An attorney for the state has asked for the case to be dismissed.


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