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Behind the wire at Woodside: ‘Juvie jail’ for Vermont’s delinquent kids


Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, run by the Department for Children and Families, is the state’s only locked facility for kids who have been judged “delinquent.” And laws that protect youthful offenders let DCF run the facility without much public scrutiny or oversight.

Pretrial electronic monitoring program shows early success

Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark reports on the electronic monitoring system on Thursday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

A two-year pilot program that tracks offenders in Windham County instead of keeping them in prison shows promise, sheriff says.

SCOV Law Blog: Town sues insurer for recovery of lost interest due to embezzlement


The town of Ira’s argument was that the policy should cover the “time value” of the money taken and the trial court agreed. Insurer appealed, town cross-appealed, and that brings us to the main event.

Hermitage Club charged with permit violations

State Auditor Doug Hoffer, right, with Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

State says construction at the private ski resort at Haystack Mountain occurred without permits or were obtained after the fact.

Senate unanimously supports child protection law

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott in the Senate on Wednesday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

Bill created in the wake of two toddler deaths last year heads to the House with concerns over the creation of a new criminal offense for failure to protect a child.

Sears lashes out at gun rights witness, then kills bill

Dick Sears

Opponents of a bill that would require background checks for all gun sales in Vermont won a major victory Wednesday, but one of them drew a heated rebuke by a powerful Senate Democrat.

Governor signs sex offender bill into law

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Rep. Maxine Grad, D-Moretown, at a bill signing ceremony on Wednesday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill to tighten restrictions on sex offenders getting out of prison Wednesday. Shumlin thanked House and Senate lawmakers for their work on the bill, which was among the first to be signed this session. H.16 updates current policy for the sex offender registry to require any offender who […]

Windham County state’s attorney looking for new office space

Windham County State’s Attorney Tracy Shriver confirmed Monday that the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services was looking for a new space in downtown Brattleboro for the office, which employs about 15 people.

State to give DLS drivers a break March 20

Alana Martin

Pilot program offers some Vermonters whose licenses have been suspended the chance to get them back by paying reduced fines. Idea is to help low-income violators get back on the road, state says.

Bill would let police take, sell assets of animal fighters

ASPCA photo

Senate bill would allow property to be seized from people convicted of fighting animals. Vermont ACLU opposes having the proceeds go to police.

More people being tested for drugged driving, report says

John Flannigan

Drug Recognition Expert Program credited for increase in blood tests for DUI-drugs, which have increased 1,000 percent since 2005.

Physicians support proposed gun legislation

Christopher Barsotti

“We are the ones that have to deal with this,” an emergency room physician told lawmakers, while bill opponents said mental health reporting would deter many gun owners from seeking treatment.

Leahy recommends Eric Miller as federal prosecutor

Sen. Patrick Leahy has recommended Burlington attorney Eric Miller to serve as Vermont’s next U.S. District Attorney, according to a news release. Miller, 45, would replace Tristram Coffin, who returned to private practice last month after six years as U.S. Attorney. Miller has worked since 1999 in the Burlington office of the law firm Sheehey […]

SCOV Law Blog: No name-calling


When Defendant testified in his own defense at his trial, he said the sex was consensual.

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