Courts & Corrections

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.

SCOV Law Blog: Not so fast, New Hampshire!

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Rutland gave New Hampshire 10 days to come get petitioner and held him without bail for that time. But petitioner filed a request for habeas corpus relief arguing that the governor’s warrant was no good.

Windham sheriff auditions electronic monitors for pretrial detainees

Photo by Chris Yarzab/via Creative Commons

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.

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.

SCOV Law Blog: Does a father figure have any rights after breakup?

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Noel has two kids. Christopher wasn’t their dad, but for eight to 10 years, was a pretty significant parent figure in their lives. Unfortunately, as things sometimes do, the relationship fell apart.

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.

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 […]

Trucker charged after snarling traffic on Smugglers Notch Road

This time, the trucker is facing charges. Jacques Marchand, 64, of Dunham, Quebec, is the latest in a long line of truckers whose vehicles became stuck on narrow, twisting Vermont 108 through Smugglers Notch. Marchand has been charged with failure to obey a traffic-control device — the big signs warning large trucks not to try […]

SCOV Law Blog: Extinction of distinction

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In this case, the SCOV takes the bold step of abolishing Vermont’s common law negligence distinction between licensees and invitees.

Family sues Brattleboro Retreat, Northeast Kingdom Human Services for negligence

Brattleboro Retreat Psychiatric Hospital. Creative Commons photo/Flickr user pag2525

The family of a St. Johnsbury man who was beaten by a former Brattleboro Retreat patient says the hospital should not have released the patient.

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.

SCOV Law Blog: The ‘You Snooze, You Lose’ Doctrine

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After her divorce was finalized, a woman filed a motion to have her ex-husband held in contempt of an earlier temporary order.

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.

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