Robert Blaise says the peer drug counseling he took part in while he was in jail in Rutland has helped him stay clean since his release. He now meets weekly with his recovery coach and attends 12-step meetings at Rutland's Turning Point Center.
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In an effort to help the many Vermont inmates suffering from addiction before their release, a nonprofit in Rutland is trying something different: providing peer-to-peer counseling.

The Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. In a report to the federal government, Vermont disclosed that 17 inmates were sexually victimized in state-run prisons last year.
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Seventeen inmates were “sexually victimized” in Vermont prisons last year, according to a recently filed disclosure by the Vermont Department of Corrections. 

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Just two years after Vermont's out-of-state prisoners were moved to a private facility in Michigan operated by GEO Group, they'll be on the move again. They're about to be re-located to a state-run prison in Pennsylvania.

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Rockingham voters sent a clear signal that they did not want a proposed detention center in Bellows Falls.

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A former paper mill in Bellows Falls might not be  the best site for a proposed 150-bed detention center.

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Vermont sends nearly 500 prisoners to privately run out-of-state facilities in Kentucky and Arizona. The contract with the company that operates these jails, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), comes up for renewal next year.

Now, a group of concerned Vermonters is proposing that room be made here to return these prisoners to the state.

Behind Bars

Dec 2, 2013
Courtesy, the Vermont Department of Corrections

Vermont state Department of Corrections has beds for sixteen hundred inmates. But the prison population has remained higher than that for years, despite efforts by the Governor and lawmakers to reduce it. 

Monday, December 2nd, we'll talk with Andy Pallito, the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, about the prison population, recidivism, and efforts to reduce incarceration.

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