Prison

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.

Toby Talbot / AP

Vermont is about to implement a major change in the way people who have been arrested move through the justice system. Pretrial risk assessment services will help judges and prosecutors decide whether to set bail, or to send people to treatment, instead of jail.

On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll learn about the new pretrial services and how they will work with Annie Ramniceanu, director of pretrial services at the Department of Corrections, and Judge Brian Grearson, the incoming Chief Administrative Judge for Trial Courts in Vermont.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

On any given day, there are around 160 women in prison in Vermont. That’s a small percentage of the overall population, but the number of women in prison has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk about the specific challenges faced by Vermont women in prison with Jill Evans, Director of Women and Family Services at the Department of Corrections. We'll also talk to Julie Brisson, coordinator of the Wellness Workforce Coalition at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, who served time in Swanton prison in 2009.