State of Vermont Archives: on Crime


Scott Milne: Supports the death penalty

Q: Do you support the death penalty?

Scott Milne: Yes

Q: Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

Scott Milne: No, we should pass tougher drug laws

Source: iSideWith.com Voter Guide on 2016 Vermont Senate race Sep 9, 2016

Phil Scott: Private prisons needed because full cost borne by state

The contrast between Minter and Scott was seen when asked if they would follow the U.S. Justice Department's recent call to phase out the use of private prisons. Vermont has about 250 inmates at a private prison in Michigan.

Minter said she would want to figure out a way to tackle the problem; Scott said his first goal would be not to increase costs. Minter said she would "explore phasing out the use of private prisons altogether by bringing together community leaders to find more ways to continue reducing Vermont's recidivism rate and the number of non-violent offenders incarcerated."

Scott replied in part: "The cost of operating Vermont's prisons and corrections systems falls disproportionately onto state income tax payers. There is virtually no federal money in the state corrections system." He said his administration would "conduct a thorough cost-benefit analysis" before deciding whether to continue using private prisons.

Source: Valley News on 2016 Vermont Gubernatorial debate Aug 28, 2016

Sue Minter: Phase out the use of private prisons altogether

The contrast between Minter and Scott was seen when asked if they would follow the U.S. Justice Department's recent call to phase out the use of private prisons. Vermont has about 250 inmates at a private prison in Michigan.

Minter said she would want to figure out a way to tackle the problem; Scott said his first goal would be not to increase costs. Minter said she would "explore phasing out the use of private prisons altogether by bringing together community leaders to find more ways to continue reducing Vermont's recidivism rate and the number of non-violent offenders incarcerated."

Scott replied in part: "The cost of operating Vermont's prisons and corrections systems falls disproportionately onto state income tax payers. There is virtually no federal money in the state corrections system." He said his administration would "conduct a thorough cost-benefit analysis" before deciding whether to continue using private prisons.

Source: Valley News on 2016 Vermont Gubernatorial debate Aug 28, 2016

Peter Shumlin: Help keep non-violent offenders out of jail.

A decade ago we spent $71 million on our corrections system. Today, we spend almost $131 million. On any given day, of the 2,100 prisoners that taxpayers are currently supporting, 180 are in prison because they have no other place to go. 69% of our femal inmates and 45% of our male inmates are non-violent offenders. What do we know about these non-violent offenders? Many of them have difficulty reading and writing, and most have drug and alcohol related addictions. When their time is up, a lack of adult basic education, drug and alcohol counseling, mental health services and job options leave them on our Main Streets with the same lack of skills and substance abuse challenges that led them into prison in the first place. As a result, half of our non-violent offenders end up back in prison within three years.

I ask the Legislature to join me in investing $1 million in prevention and alternative justice in community based programs across Vermont to help keep non-violent offenders out of jail.

Source: 2011 Vermont State of the State Address Jan 25, 2011

Jim Douglas: Mandatory 25 year minimum sentence for child sexual abuse

Governor Jim Douglas today signed S.13, An Act Relating to Improving Vermont's Sexual Abuse Response System, in to law. S.13 is a sweeping piece of legislation that strengthens Vermont's response to sexual violence against children in all areas.

"There is no more valuable resource than our children and it is our responsibility to do all we can to keep them safe in their communities," Governor Douglas said. "I am proud to say that this bill does make Vermont an even safer place for our kids," he continued.

S.13 provides law enforcement, the courts, communities and families with improved tools, more options and better resources to keep our children safe. It provides a mandatory 25 year minimum sentence for those who commit the worst acts of sexual violence against a child, as well as greater information for parents, educators and others to identify and deal cases of sexual abuse. S.13 also provides additional resources for the Special Investigation Units throughout the state.

Source: Governor's press release on Vermont S.13 voting record Mar 4, 2009

Matt Dunne: More prisons, but more rehab programs too

Source: Vermont Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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