Courts & Corrections

Governor proposes cuts in prison education program

An instructor works with students at Community High School of Vermont. Courtesy photo

A decline in the number of prison inmates without high school diplomas leads to a request to cut $2 million from the Community High School of Vermont program.

House OKs sex offender registry bill; microbead ban moves to Senate

The Vermont House gave preliminary approval to a bill that would tighten regulations on registered sex offenders Wednesday. H.16 requires sex offenders who complete their prison sentences to report to the sex offender registry before they are released. Those on probation or parole would have 24 hours after their release to report. The sex offender […]

Sexual assault cases decreased in Vermont National Guard last year

Vermont National Guard

An annual report by the Vermont National Guard shows three sexual assaults in FY2014 compared to six in 2013.

Judiciary says $500,000 cut could lead to court delays

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The judiciary branch would have little choice in the short term but to increase vacancy savings or consider staff furloughs that would further exacerbate court delays, according to Paul Reiber, the chief justice.

Defender General, ACLU say scrap failure to protect proposal

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

Chorus of voices call to remove part of the child protection bill

SCOV Law Blog: Conflicts in the condo association

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This case has to do with a “longstanding feud” between a condo association and one of the individual property owners in the association.

Fight against opiate addiction working, Shumlin says

Gov. Peter Shumlin speaks at a news conference Wednesday in Burlington on opiate abuse. With him are Health Commissioner Harry Chen (left) and Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

The state has increased the number of opiate treatment slots by 1,000 in the past year, but there are still people waiting for treatment.

DCF chief raises concerns about child protection bill

Ken Schatz

Ken Schatz says the creation of a new criminal offense that holds caregivers responsible when a child is harmed could keep them from seeking medical care for an injured child.

Federal beds to keep more Vermont prisoners in Kentucky

Department of Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito. VTD/Josh Larkin

The deal might be good for the state’s pocketbook, but means DOC won’t be able to bring back as many VT inmates from out-of state.

Supreme Court rules in favor of former St. Johnsbury town manager

Nelson St. Johnsbury town manager

The high court Friday reversed a previous Superior Court ruling that gutted most of Ralph Nelson’s claim that he was improperly fired by the Selectboard in April 2012.

Attorney files for injunction against pretrial program

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Defender General Matthew Valerio defends the program, which was passed by the Legislature last year, amid accusations that it is unconstitutional.

State could earn $20-$75 million from legal pot, report says

Beau Kilmer, co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, presents the group's study Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

A study by the Rand Corp. and commissioned by lawmakers sees the potential for much more revenue if Vermont is the first in the region to legalize the substance.

SCOV Law Blog: Development disagreement

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As true as it is that people will always talk about the weather, it is equally as true that people involved in condo associations will disagree about something.

Child protection bill would hold caregivers responsible for harm

Luke Martland, an attorney with the Legislative Council, presents details of a new child protection bill to lawmakers Wednesday. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Failure to protect a child carries up to 10 years in prison. Bill is the work of a legislative summer committee in response to the deaths of two toddlers in 2014 whose families had contact with state protective services.

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