Vermonters who work while incarcerated are paid, though for lower wages than their peers outside of prisons. Advocates for Proposal 2, which would explicitly prohibit slavery in the state constitution, say the amendment could have a “broad range of implications.”
The state of Vermont has commissioned a more detailed proposal to build new men’s and women’s prisons, as well as men’s and women’s reentry facilities, on a shared campus somewhere in the northwest corner of the state.
Starting late next month, frontline staff will be working 12-hour shifts, five days a week, to deal with staffing shortages across the state’s six prisons.
The prison in Springfield reported 39 Covid cases among incarcerated people on Friday, the most of any facility within the Vermont Department of Corrections.
Gregory Fitzgerald, 64, was originally sentenced to mandatory life in prison for killing his wife in 1993. He became eligible for parole this year under a settlement agreement in a post-conviction appeal.
Twenty-five incarcerated people who tested positive for the virus all reside in the same unit as some prior positive cases, the release says, but three of the cases detected Wednesday are “from three different general population units.”
Since last fall, the Omicron variant has intensified many of the challenges in the state’s prison system that already existed as a result of the pandemic.
The latest figures from the state Department of Corrections show that since the rollout of its Covid-19 booster program earlier this month, 494 of the 866 people in custody eligible for the shot have received one.
Seven of the incarcerated individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus lived in the same housing unit at the Northeast Correctional Complex. The two other positive test results came from incarcerated individuals living in a separate housing unit.
The latest Covid cases include two staff members at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield and two incarcerated individuals at Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans.
St. Johnsbury defense lawyer David Sleigh said Monday he submitted two emergency motions on behalf of incarcerated individuals to free them from the Northern State Correctional Facility, where a total of 136 prisoners have been infected with Covid-19.
The facility has been in lockdown since Jan. 28, when an employee first tested positive for the virus.
Shannon Edwards had fled a work camp facility on the grounds of the Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury early Friday morning.
News Release -- Lt. Gov. Phil Scott July 29, 2013 MONTPELIER -- Lt. Governor Phil Scott announced today that Rachel Feldman is joining his office as Chief of Staff on Aug. 12, 2013. Feldman will replace current Chief of Staff Nancy Driscoll, who is leaving Scott’s office to become Chief Marketing Officer for the state. […]