Five years ago, legislators passed a law aimed at getting nonviolent offenders out of prison, but new data suggest the effort has had some unintended consequences. Offenders who are released before they’re ready often just end up returning to jail a short time later.
Back in 2010, one of the central planks in Gov. Peter Shumlin’s first gubernatorial campaign was a plan to reduce the number of nonviolent offenders in Vermont prisons.
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