Courts & Corrections

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Corrections officers rack up overtime

Officials are worried about the impacts of the overtime on budgets and worker burnout.

Windsor County to hold driver restoration day Dec. 11

indsor County drivers with suspended licenses will get a chance to pay off old traffic tickets next month. Gov. Peter Shumlin and Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen announced Monday that some Vermonters will be able to pay off overdue traffic tickets at a reduced price on Dec. 11, paving the way to getting back […]

Charges filed on felony tree cutting in Arlington

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon, of the Berkshire Eagle. It was first published in the Bennington Banner on Nov. 24, 2015. ARLINGTON — A man faces charges for allegedly cutting down over 50 trees during a logging job and selling them without notifying the property owner. Jason M. Morse, 34, pleaded not […]

West Townsend man held on manslaughter charges

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon, of the Berkshire Eagle. It was first published in the Bennington Banner on Nov. 24, 2015. KEENE, N.H. — A West Townshend man facing manslaughter charges in connection to a local heroin overdose is being held at $50,000 bail in New Hampshire, according to reports. Daniel Fogg, […]

Trial between ski binding manufacturer and its inventor is contentious

Editor’s note: This article is by Tommy Gardner, of the Stowe Reporter, in which it was first published Nov. 19, 2015. The civil trial between ski gear manufacturer Kneebinding and its inventor, now near the end of its second week in court, has been anything but civil. Four-letter words, scribbled missives handed out like notes […]

Inmate paints stark picture of conditions in Michigan prison

Lack of jobs, Peter told lawmakers, is the crux of the problem in the facility run by the GEO Group in Baldwin, Michigan, that now houses Vermont’s out-of-state prisoners. He wasn’t able to find employment there. Distance is also a factor.

Vermont Supreme Court: Judge erred in redacting reports

In a decision based on several cases filed against two Windham County men, the Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a judge improperly redacted the suspects’ mental-health competency reports and reasserted the public’s right to view the legally relevant portions of such documents.

SCOV Law Blog: Upholding the trial court’s authority to revoke probation

A defendant argues that he was unfairly terminated from a sexual abusers program that he needed to complete to be on probation.

Pot regulation bill to be waiting when lawmakers return in January

Committee looking at five-tiered license structure that would allow some Vermonters to cultivate plants at home in a 100-square-foot plot.

DCF social workers press lawmakers to reduce caseloads

“Workers can’t get to everything that’s being required of them to do,” social worker Trissie Casanova told lawmakers.

Two N.Y. men face sex trafficking charges

Weeks after the U.S. Attorney’s Office launched a campaign to raise awareness of sex trafficking in Vermont, two men are facing charges for bringing women from Vermont to engage in prostitution in the Burlington area.

Shumlin credits reforms for drop in inmate population

Vermont’s prison population decreased by more than 17 percent in the past four years from 2,103 in 2011 to 1,734, Gov. Peter Shumlin says.

Vermonters to receive $60,000 under for-profit college settlement

Some Vermonters who attended for-profit colleges, such as Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie College and South University, will share $60,000 in loan forgiveness under a national settlement with Education Management Corp. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office said 67 Vermonters are eligible under the company’s $102.8 million settlement with 39 states. EDMC, based in […]

New DOC commissioner on out-of-state program, decriminalization

Lisa Menard, a veteran of the corrections department, takes the helm.

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