Courts & Corrections

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.

Duxbury man apparently kills himself during standoff with police

A distraught Duxbury man, who fired three shots at police during a six-hour standoff at his home on Monday, died later of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Two dead in Townshend shooting

A man and woman are dead following a shooting incident Wednesday night at a Grafton Road home in Townshend, Vermont State Police confirmed.

Former employee of Bennington school for troubled youth accused of sexual assault on student

A former Bennington School Inc. employee, who also worked at a Department of Corrections facility, is accused of having sex with a student at the school and lying to police about her contact with children at her other job.

Child abuse/neglect cases spiked in 2014, data shows

Social workers from the Burlington office of DCF testified Tuesday at a legislative hearing on child protection. From left, Nancy Miller, Alyssa Dawson, Tracy Brown and Chelsea Aiken. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

The Department for Children and Families attributes the 21% rise to the opiate abuse crisis.

Vermont health officials issue warning about “spice,” which caused overdoses in New Hampshire

Health officials Tuesday warned Vermonters of the dangers of “spice,” a synthetic marijuana product that caused several overdoses in New Hampshire over the weekend. The drug commonly known as “spice” is a mixture of herbs and spices that is sprayed with chemicals similar to the active ingredient in marijuana. Other chemicals are sometimes also sprayed […]

SCOV Law Blog: Fired vs. quit

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“This case turns upon a common question in employment disputes: did the employee jump, or was she pushed?”

Racine firing revives talk of dividing AHS

Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Harry Chen testified last week before the Senate Committee on Economic Development. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

State’s largest agency is unwieldy and should be broken apart, some lawmakers say. Others believe keeping it together improves communication and avoids “silos.”

Front-line DCF social workers share their frustrations

Social workers from the Burlington office of DCF testified Tuesday at a legislative hearing on child protection. From left, Nancy Miller, Alyssa Dawson, Tracy Brown and Chelsea Aiken. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Case workers with the Department for Children and Families tell a legislative panel that overwork and cumbersome rules prevent them from doing more to help clients.

‘Fraud’ lawsuit against Brattleboro Retreat dismissed

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

A federal judge rules that allegations by a former employee that the Retreat overbilled the federal government for services are unsupported.

DCF avoided penalty after 2007 audit

Lynne Klamm, interim director of the Department for Children and Families Rutland office, testifies alongside  DCF Commissioner Dave Yacavone before a joint legislative committee investigating child protection in Vermont on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Statehouse. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger.org

A federal review found the department below standards in all of the seven areas assessed. Improvements were made and the fine was avoided. The next such review is next year.

Council seeks public input on DCF improvements

A committee tasked with addressing poverty seeks feedback about how the state can improve services delivered by the Department for Children and Families. The 30-member Pathways from Poverty council, created by Gov. Peter Shumlin, seeks feedback in three ways: 1. Attend a public hearing: • 6 p.m. Aug. 28 • 2 p.m. Sept. 5. Members […]

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