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Overdue attorney general's report of mentally handicapped NH deaths coming soon
The last report was issued in 2009, said Sandi Matheson, the outgoing director of victim-witness advocacy for the New Hampshire Attorney General.
Two years ago, the Review Committee received some attention when a lawmaker said it could be used to follow up on a spate of police shootings of people who were mentally ill. Police in New Hampshire shot and killed five people in 2011, all which the Attorney General's Office deemed as justified. A majority suffered from mental illness.
"There needs to be a trail," he said, "for purposes of accountability there has to be a report out there publicly. It's certainly beneficial to make things public."
"I took it over (the chairman's job) just to facilitate it," Matheson said. Don Rabun, an ombudsman in the state Office of the Long Term Care, was eventually named chairman.
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