Portsmouth, New Hampshire, January 27, 2014 – Local non-profit Leadership Seacoast, an organization committed to developing informed and active community leaders, examined criminal justice and the interconnectedness of social issues, mental health and substance abuse on the criminal justice system at the Strafford County Complex in Dover last week.

The day’s agenda included many of the region’s experts on criminal justice. Tina Nadeau, Chief Justice of the NH Superior Court, stressed the need for evidence-based programming within the Criminal Justice system in New Hampshire. The class also explored best practices, data and current trends in the criminal justice system and learned about innovative throughout the Seacoast.

Program participants also learned about alternative sentencing in Strafford County through the Drug and Mental Health courts and heard from graduates of the program. They also participated in a tour of the facility with County Administrator Ray Bower and heard from inmates at the House of Corrections.

Leadership Seacoast’s Criminal Justice Day was sponsored by Devine Millimet Attorneys at Law, offering legal counsel to businesses and individual clients throughout New Hampshire and all of New England. “Like Leadership Seacoast, Devine Millimet is committed to cutting-edge issues and topics in the communities we all live and invest in,” according to executive director Jennifer Wheeler. “We are grateful for their continued support.”

To learn more about Leadership Seacoast and its dynamic, experiential program, please visit www.leadershipseacoast.org or contact Jennifer Wheeler at 603-334-6063.

About Leadership Seacoast

Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Leadership Seacoast program provides existing and future community leaders the opportunity to engage with the people and organizations that shape the Seacoast’s economic structure and social fabric. Leadership Seacoast offers its participants unique insight into how business, community, and politics integrate to create successful societies and how small actions can have a significant impact on the greater global good. Leadership Seacoast alumni make a difference in their communities through networking, active involvement, and personal action. Since its inception in 1988, Leadership Seacoast has created a strong foundation that values diversity of opinion and consensus building to find solutions to challenges affecting the Seacoast’s community and its future.