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

Homepage: http://www.vtdigger.org

    Advocates pitch plan to bring prisoners home

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    Justice reform group wants to end Vermont’s use of for-profit prisons in other states. The corrections commissioner says he agrees in principle, but has yet to see a concrete plan.

    Shumlin tax filings show $10 million in assets

    Gov. Peter Shumlin after the GMO labeling press conference on May 8, 2014.  Photo by John Herrick

    Gov. Peter Shumlin earned $721,000 in gross income and paid $142,000 in taxes, 2013 tax return shows. He owns properties worth nearly $4 million. No other gubernatorial candidates have released their returns.

    New DCF commissioner wants to focus on homelessness, substance abuse

    Ken Schatz is the state's new commissioner of the Department for Children and Families. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Ken Schatz also says Department for Children and Families “can’t put too much emphasis on reunification.”

    ACLU-VT accuses State Police of improper search and seizure

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    The Vermont State Police allegedly seized a Rutland man’s car over a suspicion that he had smoked marijuana. The ACLU of Vermont says the seizure was improper because possession of small quantities of marijuana is no longer a crime.

    In new ad, Sanders’ nemesis Skip Vallee demands Jane Sanders return ‘golden parachute’

    Screenshot taken from Skip Vallee's ad calling on former Burlington College President Jane Sanders to return money the college paid her when she left in 2011. YouTube video

    Republican donor Skip Vallee produces TV ad attacking Jane Sanders for taking severance pay from Burlington College, and calling Sen. Bernie Sanders a hypocrite for his opposition to “golden parachutes” in the corporate world.

    New DCF chief plans to revisit housing vouchers for homeless

    Gov. Peter Shumlin talks with an attendee at an affordable housing conference in Randolph on Tuesday. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    One week into the job, Department for Children and Families Commissioner Ken Schatz wants to explore alternatives to using motels to house homeless people in winter.

    Study finds little racial bias in treatment of young offenders

    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.

    Report by the Vermont Center for Justice Research finds racial balance among males sent to court diversion and those tried as adults. Minority females tend to wind up in adult court, however.

    Burlington College’s future depends on community support, interim leader says

    Former FairPoint Communications executive Mike Smith is the interim president of Burlington College. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Burlington College needs cash first, then more students, Mike Smith says. The former head of FairPoint in Vermont believes the financially troubled school can recover, if supporters want it to.

    Windham sheriff auditions electronic monitors for pretrial detainees

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    Goal is to free up prison beds by allowing people who are awaiting trial to live in the community with the supervision of an electronic bracelet that tracks their location.

    More Vermont schools make meals free for all students

    Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, talks about the expanded free lunch program at the Barre Elementary and Middle School on Monday. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Federal program eliminates cost for all students in schools in low-income areas. Twenty-nine of 50 eligible schools in Vermont have chosen to participate.

    Fifth officer-involved shooting this year occurs in Bristol

    State Police Colonel Thomas L'Esperance describes the scene of an incident in Barton on Thursday, where a state trooper shot and injured 42-year-old Tina LaBossiere, of Crown Point, New York. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    New York woman wounded after failure to drop her gun, police say. Relatively high number of police shootings part of national trend, they say. Trooper identified.

    State, local police stocking up with military equipment

    The Richmond Police Department's military surplus Humvee. Photo courtesy of  Rod West

    Vermont law enforcement takes advantage of federal program that provides surplus for little cost. Items include military-grade weapons and vehicles, which concerns civil rights groups.

    Story and video: Yacovone steps down as DCF chief

    Ken Schatz (at podium) addresses the media after being named commissioner of the Department for Children and Families by Gov. Peter Shumlin (right). Schatz replaces former Commissioner Dave Yacovone (left). Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Dave Yacovone, commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, is leaving to take a job in the private sector, Gov. Peter Shumlin said. It is the second high-profile departure in the Agency of Human Services this summer. Attorney Ken Schatz named to replace Yacovone.

    Interim leaders vow to save Burlington College

    Burlington College Board of Trustees President Yves Bradley (center) is joined by Mike Smith and Jane Knodell as the school announces its interim leadership team following the resignation of former President Christine Plunkett. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Three community leaders step in to address financial crisis after President Christine Plunkett resigns under pressure from faculty and students.

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