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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    State plans to bring some inmates back from Kentucky prison

    Department of Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito. VTD/Josh Larkin

    Because of a drop in pre-trial detainees and the opening of a new transitional housing unit, the state expects to return 46 inmates from a for-profit prison in Kentucky. Vermont has been under pressure from advocacy groups to stop sending inmates out of state.

    New report on DCF again calls for more staff, better training

    Cindy Walcott, deputy commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, answers questions on the death of Winooski toddler Peighton Geraw at a news conference Thursday in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    A third report on the Department for Children and Families came to similar conclusions as the other two: DCF needs more front-line staff, better training, and a stronger focus on opiate addiction’s impact on families.

    FairPoint CEO fires back in letter to governor

    Gov. Peter Shumlin talks with Edwin Hill, president of the the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a rally by striking FairPoint Communications workers at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Thursday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    After Gov. Shumlin sent a letter to FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu urging an end to the strike, Sunu countered with a letter outlining the company’s position, clarifying what he called misinformation about the strike, and blaming the unions for refusing to negotiate.

    The man behind Burlington mall’s $200 million makeover

    Developer Donald Sinex of Devonwood Investments has big plans for reinventing the Burlington Town Center mall on Church Street. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Developer Donald Sinex says he wants to be “as open and transparent as humanly possible” in executing the city’s largest downtown project in years. Some on the city council say the process is moving too fast.

    Snelling steps down as part of changes in GOP state committee

    Mark Snelling, president of the Snelling Center, in his for lieutenant governor.

    Three members of the state Republican Committee, including treasurer Mark Snelling, leave the organization as it appoints a new executive director. “It’s a changing of the guards,” Snelling says.

    Burlington College trustees ink land deal with Farrell

    A proposed housing development on land owned by Burlington College would be built near the treeline overlooking Lake Champlain. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    The debt-ridden college signed an agreement to sell developer Eric Farrell 27 acres of its lakefront property for $7.65 million, the school announced Tuesday.

    Governor’s Council releases report on poverty

    Christopher Curtis, staff attorney for Vermont Legal Aid. Photo by Alicia Freese

    Gov. Shumlin’s Pathways From Poverty Council has made its final report, calling for improved human services and better coordination between state programs. The recommendations come at a time when lawmakers face severe budget pressure.

    New interim president at Burlington College

    The campus of Burlington College on North Avenue in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Carol Moore, former head of Lyndon State College, will become the school’s new interim chief. Also, the expected signing of a land deal has been postponed until Tuesday.

    Friends of Burlington College attempt to conserve land on Lake Champlain

    A proposed housing development on land owned by Burlington College would be built near the treeline overlooking Lake Champlain. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    The sale of the 25-acre lakefront parcel to a developer will help shore up the College’s finances. Those wanting to preserve the land will have until mid-January to match the $7 million sale price.

    Chief administrative judge Amy Davenport to retire

    Amy Davenport will retire at the end of this year as Vermont’s chief administrative judge. The Vermont Supreme Court has named Barre judge Brian Grearson to succeed her when she retires on December 31 after 24 years on the bench. The chief administrative judge oversees the state’s civil, criminal, probate, environmental and family courts and […]

    Scott Milne expects to make announcement Monday

    Republican Scott Milne said Thursday he will likely tell the public Monday how he plans to proceed with his campaign for governor. Milne on Nov. 4 lost the popular vote by 2,434 votes against incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin. But because neither candidate garnered more than 50 percent of the votes, the Legislature will choose […]

    Advocates identify ways to reduce Vermont’s inmate population

    Suzi Wizowaty, executive director of Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, speaks at Wednesday's news conference. Behind her is Sha’an Mouliert, whose son is in a Kentucky prison. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Inmate advocacy groups say Vermont could end its reliance on for-profit prisons by reducing the inmate population. At a news conference, affected individuals described the burdens of serving time out-of-state.

    Distance makes oversight hard, prisoners’ rights attorney says

    Department of Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito. VTD/Josh Larkin

    Defender General’s office says it has little relationship with private prison contractor because of distance.

    State-subsidized spay/neuter program shuttered

    The state's spay-neuter program has had to curtain vouchers to help low-income pet owners to get their cats and dogs spayed or neutered. Photo by Cate Chant/VTDigger

    The Department for Children and Families says the Vermont Spay and Neuter Incentive Program, or VSNIP, ran out of money because more people than ever want vouchers. Officials also admit they made mistakes administering the program.

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