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Comment Archives: stories: News + Opinion: Crime

Re: “Can Electronic Monitoring Reduce Vermont's Prison Population?

This is the way to go with much more of the incarcerated population, we have to get the around worthy mentors to help change their interpersonal problem solving skills and choice of behaviors. This is great! WE also have a problem of incarcerating innocent people ( and not incarcerating those who engage in economic warfare, Haliburton anyone?)

Posted by Emily Peyton on 10/24/2014 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Vermont Sex Offender Registry's Problems Persist

Seth Lipschutz's analogy of sex offenders is ridiculous. Sex offenders and terrorists have been hated in EVERY era. Give them a fair defense but PLEASE do not MINIMIZE the damage they do to our society.

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Posted by a.gal99 on 07/29/2014 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Vermont Sex Offender Registry's Problems Persist

Whats very telling is the fact there have been no other comments even by Vermonts own residents..

Posted by Valerie Parkhurst on 07/26/2014 at 5:44 AM

Re: “Vermont Sex Offender Registry's Problems Persist

Seth Lipschutz, an attorney with the Vermont Prisoners' Rights Office, can be compared to a "fly jumping on road-kill" ..the system has a problem and old Seth is going to "never let a crisis go to waste". The people of Vermont need to demand better accountibility to the employees they PAY to do their jobs but History shows us that Vermont only pays attention when it comes to the graphics of their Christmas scenes on postcards. To the people of Vermont let me say this, "obviously sex crimes or the people who commit them isnt a big priority for you" and it also appears the "children and families" of your state doesnt rank very high either. Which lends one to believe if YOUR so sloppy in this aspect? I wouldnt hold out much hope the rest of your "government accountibility is up to par either"..

Posted by Valerie Parkhurst on 07/26/2014 at 5:37 AM

Re: “Suspended Licenses and Big, Big Fines

You ask what we would we do? Well I know what we would not do...we would not drive drunk in the first place, and if given a second chance, we would not AGAIN drive drunk.

So what would we do? stay home or where we are when we drink. That's what we would do

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Posted by Lori Belding on 06/09/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Suspended Licenses and Big, Big Fines

I find it yes amusing anyone who has no idea really except what they see or hear to base there opinion on.i never asked for sympathy as further more ive always been held accountable.i never once said i shouldnt be however the cyle is as it yes i thought about a byclce but that can be considerd a moving violation as well being id have to take interstate to work..i look at all oppinions and see there side but i sted fast to my reasonings.xcept i dont see anyone from opinions of a duller nature comming up with ideas of positive nature to fix a overgrowing issue.remeber there are people yes that hurt people as i have not and am not any better with my dui however ive payed anfd have volunteerd my positives to helping mysel and while anyone who can sit and judg what r u doing . To offer a possitive to back ur sure itd be interesting..i think my positive could be helping others get there license those who look to better there lives.i advocate proudly cause i know both sides and never once said i was proud of my mistakes but i am able to succeed and help others..i again askvwhat will u do..besides share opinion...from ur high horse..oh wait maybe i could gt a horse ...hmm good thinking..ty all for ur comments..

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Posted by donna robinson on 06/08/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Suspended Licenses and Big, Big Fines

NONE of these people got parking tickets, they got moving violations! Speeding, unsafe passing, DUI, running a light....all of which can kill someone ELSE! I don't feel even an once of sympathy.

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Posted by Lori Belding on 06/07/2014 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Suspended Licenses and Big, Big Fines

Two DUIs and "oh, we stand corrected, only 14 DLSes"?!!! I think WE are victims of HER system!

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Posted by Heather on 06/07/2014 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Suspended Licenses and Big, Big Fines

Another one who thinks rules should not apply to them because they are inconvenient for them. There is a word I use repeatedly, it is a simple word. ACCOUNTABILITY. In short it means being held accountable for your own actions. Your excuses are heard but you chose the path of first not obeying the laws. And now you do not feel that you should have to be punished any further when you chose to keep breaking the rules. Quit your crying. I was in roughly the same boat but I wasn't crying. I am an adult!! I accepted the consequences, did what I was needed to do. I didn't live near any bus route so I had to make arrangements for any and all parts of my life. With my kids and work.

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Posted by John Pruss on 06/07/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Suspended Licenses and Big, Big Fines

Was starting to feel some sympathy for the cycle Ms. Robinson has found herself in except her most recent offense is DUI. All sympathy gone. Sorry, not sorry. She endangers others. If she genuinely wanted to clean up her record she would be doing everything possible to demonstrate she is a responsible driver. DUI is nothing but selfish, self centered, irresponsible, and criminal.

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Posted by Ronnie on 06/07/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Suspended Licenses and Big, Big Fines

Got her license back and then got a DUI???? get a bicyle

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Posted by Pamela Simmons on 06/06/2014 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Suspended Licenses and Big, Big Fines

Howdy y'all

Regarding “Suspended licenses...” I offer this cautionary tale from Texas. Surcharges and the point system came late to Texas. Part of the (ahem) unique logic of the GOP not to raise taxes – they enacted such scheme to raise revenue from traffic offenders. And succeeded only in proving the failure of regressive taxation. Millions of Texans were unable to pay the (ahem-not-a-tax) new punitive administrative fees which were often far greater than the also assessed court fines. The collection mechanism of suspending licenses only worsened the problem by then adding to the number of uninsured drivers. In 2011 the Leg enacted § 708.158 TEX. TRANSPORTATION CODE which exempted the indigent from surcharges. And several other laws (e.g., Art. 45.0491 TEX. CODE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE) expressly gives Texas judges authority to waive or reduce fines for the impoverished (these repeals thanks to an even more red Tea-party leaning legislature – thus evidencing a failed policy so spectacular even the wing-nuts conceded it didn't work). I'm seventh generation Texan but I'll be the first to admit the Texas criminal justice system operates as close to third-world as you'll find in this nation. Thus Vermonters should hang their heads in shame (i.e., your poor are no doubt paying with welfare benefits mostly intended for their children). More inexplicable: Hardship drivers licenses (restricted to essential needs) have been available in Texas for more than half a century. Vermont's statutory scheme doesn't explicitly create restricted-to-basic-needs drivers licenses – but the Commissioner already has the authority 23 V.S.A. § 612 and could promulgate rules which could be dovetailed with Vermont's existing probation laws 28 V.S.A. § 252. Perhaps instead of trying to bleed cash from the poor per the practice of prosecutor Donovan in 90 days – the better approach might be court ordered community service, restricted rather than suspended licenses, and other common-sense orders likely to bring the poor in Vermont into compliance (ahem... the purpose of your own probation statute).


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Posted by Mark on 06/06/2014 at 2:51 AM

Re: “Suspended Licenses and Big, Big Fines

For dmv records show i have 14 dls not 17 not any better but im being charged with 17 of couse this i will fight being its my 14th dls ...

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Posted by donna robinson on 06/05/2014 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Suspended Licenses and Big, Big Fines

Thank you mark this articl speakes glad finally someone asked one of us many repeat affnders or as its been publically named ceral affendets.i guess they could have come up with a different title had the investigatd in depth or merly do as u get the facts behind the dls affender. I am going through crash and vounceling and will yet again. File for my license .thank you again 7 days n mark for the inside to dls with a single of five ..

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Posted by donna robinson on 06/05/2014 at 10:54 PM

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