Laura Krantz

Laura Krantz

Laura Krantz is VTDigger's criminal justice and corrections reporter. She moved to VTDigger in January 2014 from MetroWest Daily, a Gatehouse Media newspaper based in Framingham, Mass. She won the 2013 Morley Piper First Amendment Award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association for her investigation of the Ashland Police Department. She is skilled in the use of public records to find the real story. She is a 2010 graduate of Boston University, where she studied comparative religion.

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    Shumlin names Ramniceanu to lead pretrial services system

    Annie Ramniceanu will oversee the state’s new pretrial services system to help people convicted of crimes access substance abuse and mental health services, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito announced Friday. Ramniceanu, who left Spectrum Youth and Family Services this year after 17 years, will develop and implement the state’s new program, crafted […]

    Story and video: Burlington College President Christine Plunkett tells students ‘I resign’

    Burlington College President Christine Plunkett leave a board of trustees meeting Friday. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    The financially struggling school refuses to confirm whether Plunkett formally resigned after she told students blocking her exit from a board meeting “OK, I resign. Happy?”

    Under Plunkett’s tenure, Burlington College falters

    Christine Plunkett, president of Burlington College. Burlington College photo

    President pins the future of the financially troubled college on finding more students.

    Milne wraps up primary day in his old hometown

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne talks with Allen DeForge in his hometown of Barre. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Republican gubernatorial frontrunner visits Barre as voters pick their favorites to compete in November. Most of the drama surrounds insurgent write-in campaigns.

    Burlington College failed to pay employee retirement

    The former Roman Catholic Diocese building in Burlington.

    School did not put employee money or matching funds into TIAA-CREF accounts for 16 weeks this summer. President says it was a mistake.

    Defender General, state’s attorneys escaped budget cuts

    Defender General Matthew Valerio (left) and Department of Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Public safety would have been compromised, prosecutors say.

    Contraband found in Vermont prison search

    K-9 dog. Creative Commons photo

    K9 search part of state police-prisons partnership. State police this year have investigated several attempted smuggling and contraband cases at prisons.

    Child abuse/neglect cases spiked in 2014, data shows

    Social workers from the Burlington office of DCF testified Tuesday at a legislative hearing on child protection. From left, Nancy Miller, Alyssa Dawson, Tracy Brown and Chelsea Aiken. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    The Department for Children and Families attributes the 21% rise to the opiate abuse crisis.

    Vermont health officials issue warning about “spice,” which caused overdoses in New Hampshire

    Health officials Tuesday warned Vermonters of the dangers of “spice,” a synthetic marijuana product that caused several overdoses in New Hampshire over the weekend. The drug commonly known as “spice” is a mixture of herbs and spices that is sprayed with chemicals similar to the active ingredient in marijuana. Other chemicals are sometimes also sprayed […]

    Burlington College used restricted scholarship money for operating costs

    Christine Plunkett, president of Burlington College. Burlington College photo

    Documents point to a lack of transparency in finances.

    Burlington College faculty, student groups vote no confidence in president

    The former Roman Catholic Diocese building in Burlington.

    The small liberal arts school is plagued by debt and some students and faculty members express doubt that President Christine Plunkett can lead them out of the crisis. The school is selling some of its lakeside property to make ends meet and does not expect to have enough money to pay the summer payroll.

    Racine firing revives talk of dividing AHS

    Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Harry Chen testified last week before the Senate Committee on Economic Development. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    State’s largest agency is unwieldy and should be broken apart, some lawmakers say. Others believe keeping it together improves communication and avoids “silos.”

    Budget cuts hit drug treatment, family services

    Gov. Peter Shumlin addresses members of the Legislature.

    Alcohol and drug abuse programs will lose $673,000. Funding for the Department for Children and Families cut by $3.8 million.

    Front-line DCF social workers share their frustrations

    Social workers from the Burlington office of DCF testified Tuesday at a legislative hearing on child protection. From left, Nancy Miller, Alyssa Dawson, Tracy Brown and Chelsea Aiken. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Case workers with the Department for Children and Families tell a legislative panel that overwork and cumbersome rules prevent them from doing more to help clients.

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