Crime

Incarceration’s original purpose - to punish crime, ensure public safety, and rehabilitate - is still with us, but doesn’t come close to explaining the seven million Americans currently under the care and oversight of corrections. Key metrics of a healthy society are levels of employment, food security, graduation rates, longevity and, negatively: incidences of chronic disease, discrimination, addiction, and homelessness.

Jane Lindholm / VPR

A small group of people is gathering in the chambers of U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy at the federal courthouse building in Burlington at 9 a.m. on a Wednesday. They're here as part of a program called re-entry court, a program for people coming out of prison with a history of drug addiction.

Four people accused of murder in the beating death of a transgender man in Burlington were arrested late last night in San Diego, according to the Burlington Free Press.

The transgender man found badly beaten near the Barge Canal in Burlington Monday morning has died from his injuries, according to Burlington Police.

Burlington Police are searching for suspects in the beating of a transgender man who was found unconscious near a homeless encampment on Sunday.

Steve Zind / VPR file

A five-and-a-half year study of Vermont State Police has found disparities in traffic stops that officials say point to racial bias.

Yves BarriAre / iStock

When you think of drug use in Vermont, you probably think about the opioid epidemic. Back in 2014, Gov. Peter Shumlin dedicated his entire State of the State address to it. And the problem become a top priority for treatment professionals and law enforcement.

But sometimes, a crackdown on one drug makes the illegal drug market shift toward another, and Vermont authorities have noticed a surge in crack cocaine use and related violence.

Liam Connors / VPR

You might have noticed a few more police officers out patrolling Burlington streets this month. While foot patrols aren't new, Burlington's police Chief Brandon del Pozo increased the number of them at the beginning of May.

Liam Connors / VPR

Chittenden County State's Attorney TJ Donovan announced Tuesday that prosecutors will not file charges against the Burlington police officer who shot and killed a man with a history of mental health issues.

Burlington police have charged a man with a hate crime after what they said was a racially motivated incident in the city’s North End.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

A new analysis by the University of Vermont and Cornell University faculty shows a pattern of racial disparities in the discretionary actions of Burlington police officers conducting traffic stops.

Angela Evancie / VPR File

One of the women accusing Franklin County State Sen. Norman McAllister of sexual assault now claims he shut off her water and cut her utilities in order to evict her from a dilapidated trailer in which she’d been living on his property, according to court documents made public on Monday.

Toby Talbot / AP

The Vermont Supreme Court is considering whether a prison inmate who helped other prisoners with their court cases was practicing law without a license. The state thinks so and is pursuing criminal charges against the inmate.

A 76-year-old Burlington man is dead after police shot him at the conclusion of an hours-long standoff in downtown Burlington Monday evening, according to Vermont State Police.

According to a release from Major Glenn Hall of the Vermont State Police Major Crimes Unit, the deceased is Ralph “Phil” Grenon. Police say Grenon, armed with “two large knives,” charged at officers inside his apartment before one officer shot him.

Legislation that would have made it easier for the state to decertify police offers for crimes and misconduct died in the Vermont Senate's Government Operations Committee earlier this week. 

Angela Evancie / VPR File

You may have heard about the nearly $1 million lawsuit the city of Rutland settled in December with a former police officer.

Patti Daniels / VPR

Winooski Police say the so-called “clandestine lab” authorities discovered Tuesday in the city’s downtown was being used to make a marijuana derivative called Butane Hash Oil, or BHO.

Patti Daniels / VPR

Traffic in downtown Winooski ground to a halt Tuesday afternoon after police and emergency workers evacuated buildings and blocked traffic to Burlington while investigating a clandestine lab in a building on Main Street. 

ErikaMitchell / iStock.com

The Montpelier Police Department will work more closely with local agencies to get people it apprehends for drug offenses directly into treatment.

On Tuesday afternoon, Colchester police were still searching for a suspect charged with shooting another man Monday morning.

Pages