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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Twitter: @laurakrantz


    Child protection panel details findings

    Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, and Rep. Ann Pugh, D-South Burlington, part of the Legislative Committee on Child Protection, listen to witnesses during a public hearing in Winooski in June. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    A legislative committee formed to investigate state policies in the wake of the deaths of two children with ties to the Department of Children and Families lays foundation for reform bill.

    Mayor weighs in on Burlington College development

    Miro Weinberger. Photo by Taylor Dobbs

    Miro Weinberger cites a 2001 wish list in responding to a proposed sale of 25 acres of the college’s lakefront property to developer Eric Farrell. Public access a key concern, mayor says.

    State won’t appeal Corrections lawsuit

    Springfield prison

    DOC officials do not plan to appeal the case because it only applies to Carpenter and a Supreme Court ruling might include a broader mandate, such as an order to return all out-of-state inmates.

    Outside report criticizes DCF handling of child deaths

    Patricia Holden and her niece, Dezirae Sheldon. Holden's brother is Dezirae's biological father. Courtesy photo

    An advisory panel suggests changes in policy at the Department for Children and Families in the wake of two child deaths. Report cites a desire to reunify families at possibly placing children at risk.

    Burlington College agrees to land sale

    The view of Lake Champlain from the offices of Burlington College on North Avenue in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Financially troubled school to sell 25 acres of lakefront property to developer Eric Farrell. It will net $3.5 million from the sale and will be absolved from its debt to the Roman Catholic Diocese, according to an MOU.

    Rutland man released after 21-day Ebola quarantine

    The Ebola virus. Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Peter Italia has found temporary housing after his release Monday from a voluntary quarantine after he returned to Vermont from Ebola-stricken West Africa. He never showed symptoms of the disease.

    Shipping only male inmates out-of-state unconstitutional, judge rules

    John Perry, who retired last year as director of planning for the Vermont Department of Corrections, said sending hard-core drug addicts directly to treatment instead of prison could save the state’s taxpayers roughly $4 million a year. StockXchng illustration.

    A Vermont judge says the state’s practice of exporting male but not female inmates to out-of-state prisons denies them equal family visitation opportunity.

    Special Report: How a Rutland man’s trip to West Africa sparked a high-level state and federal response

    Peter Italia outside Conakry airport in Guinea with his friend and guide Francis, who is from Sierra Leone. Peter Italia Facebook photo

    How Peter Welch, Peter Shumlin, the state health department, the CDC and the FBI all suddenly became aware of Peter Italia’s visit to the Ebola region. And whether his rights were violated by quarantine.

    Milne won’t seek recount, but isn’t conceding the race

    Republican travel agency executive Scott Milne formally launches his campaign for governor Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

    The totals in last Tuesday’s gubernatorial election were made official Wednesday; Gov. Shumlin finished first with 2,434 votes more than Scott Milne. The Republican candidate declined to seek a recount, but didn’t concede the race. He is still considering an appeal to the Legislature, which will formally elect the next governor since no candidate won a majority of the vote.

    Milne may drop recount, likely won’t concede

    Republican travel agency executive Scott Milne formally launches his campaign for governor Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

    “Unless the votes change dramatically it’d be unlikely we’d ask for a recount,” Milne said Tuesday evening in a phone interview.

    Analysis: Many voters stayed home rather than back Shumlin

    Gov. Peter Shumlin enters the room at the Hilton. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    With turnout hovering around 43 percent, observers say many voters were turned off by incumbent Peter Shumlin. About 33,500 more voters backed fellow Democrat Peter Welch in his House race than Shumlin for governor.

    Lawmakers likely to stick with secret ballot

    Governors race

    When the Legislature chooses the next governor in January, they will probably do so in secret, relying on long-ago legal precedents. Runnerup Scott Milne has yet to concede or request a recount.

    Even after a near-miracle, Milne remains an outsider

    Scott Milne with former Gov. Jim Douglas, at the launch of Milne's campaign in July. Douglas was Milne's most consistent supporter among prominent Republicans. VTDigger file photo.

    Scott Milne’s near-defeat of Gov. Shumlin came as a surprise to virtually everyone. Even his own party seemed to keep its distance — and to be unsure how to react to his success.

    Public information officer departs state police

    State police public information officer Stephanie Brackin will leave her job November 14 to take a different position in state government. Brackin, formerly Stephanie Dasaro, will be an “internet website specialist” with a different agency, according to a state police news release sent Friday just before 5 p.m. Police have not hired a replacement and […]

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