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Re: “Guard Beat Up Inmate in Dispute Over Chicken Patty, Inmates Say

Vermont spends more per inmate than almost any other state, $50,000 per year. This represent about $150,000 and 10% of the annual budget. For what?? Our judicial system is a for-profit industry. Why?
There are plenty of other ways to discipline offenders of law. How much does it cost to put someone in the public commons for a few days..in stocks? How much to have a public flogging, (put out to bid, of course)?
How much does public service cost?
When is some common sense and a renewal of homegrown treatment going to be reapplied to our correctional system? Oh, wait... it is a prison for profit system, I forgot.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by timothy price on 06/14/2018 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Guard Beat Up Inmate in Dispute Over Chicken Patty, Inmates Say

Taylor Dobbs used to be a respectable journalist, rooted in fact. Appears he is now a tabloid journalist, which is too bad.

3 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Derek Maynard on 06/14/2018 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Guard Beat Up Inmate in Dispute Over Chicken Patty, Inmates Say

It's clear what Dobbs agenda is in a biased series of articles . To paint as dark and evil out of state prisons to which Vermont prisoners are sent . Anything to ignore the spectacularly expensive cost of building a new "home grown" prison . Personally I am not in favor of spending hundreds of millions to house these felons . Aren't Vermont's finances already stretched enough ?

11 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 06/13/2018 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Life Sentence: Former Judge Ed Cashman Finally Defends Himself

Interesting compare and contrast between situations where Liberals defend judges (as in this case) and when they attack them https://bit.ly/2M7RBrt as they did in California.

Posted by Alger Hiss on 06/07/2018 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Questions About a Trooper Arose Long Before Deadly Shootings

One murder can be ruled an accident but murdering three Vermonters in 6 months by Trooper Chris Brown tells us these incidents are not accidental nor are they justified. The videos prove that. He shoots a man with a SPATULA and claims it was a deadly weapon. Sorry but the only deadly weapon in all these incidents is Trooper Chris Brown. Any other State besides Vermont would have convicted him but Donovan obviously has some hidden political agendas. This is without question Vermont's darkest hour and I am ashamed of Vermont as well as terrified for my family. There is something wrong when citizens are more scared of a State policeman than a common criminal. I hope the Governor intervenes and assures us that this so-called innocent State policeman doesn't murder any other citizen.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Maid Vermont on 06/02/2018 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Despite Forthcoming Law, Vermont Inmates Still Denied Addiction Meds

Such over-reach by legislators boggles my mind. GET ADDICTS OFF DRUGS. How about going back to a tried and true method: a medically supervised withdrawl. There is no need to feed their habits in jail or anywhere else. The soft-landing approach to drug addiction is what is behind the uptick in drug use increasing. Please get a clue lawmakers, and stop feeding addicts' habits.

8 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by saysme on 05/30/2018 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Despite Forthcoming Law, Vermont Inmates Still Denied Addiction Meds

Rep. Colburn hit the nail on the head - that's asinine. Kudos to Kelly Green for her work securing a court order.

7 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by stellaquarta on 05/30/2018 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

If you are posting on social media, then it's there for everyone to see. That's kinda the point of posting. Everyone is also free to read and comment as they wish on your posts.
There's a really easy way to stop it, you know.....
DON'T POST THINGS TO SOCIAL MEDIA!

Posted by Christina S Cooper on 05/22/2018 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Oversight Unseen: Who's Watching the Vermont Police?

Thank you for your reporting on this issue! I look forward to more stories on this topic!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Chelsea Rose Smiley on 04/21/2018 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Oversight Unseen: Who's Watching the Vermont Police?

Cops (I was one) are humans. They are good and bad, do great work and make mistakes. To hold them accountable is not to characterize them all, but to ensure these government employees are serving the public well. We have meat inspectors, to make sure butchers provide us safe meat. That doesn't mean we hate butchers. Law enforcement agencies with robust oversight earn the respect of their people. Hiding behind secrecy just breeds distrust.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Duane Peterson on 04/21/2018 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Oversight Unseen: Who's Watching the Vermont Police?

Both Burlington Mayor Weinberger and Chief Del Pozo have consistently opposed robust civilian oversight. When Wayne Brunete was killed by officers in the NNE and Seven Days reported that two witness directly contradicted the words of the officers involved, none of our elected or police officials took the step to demand or support more accountability and transparency. It should not fall to the ACLU to keep our officers honest.

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/after-…

9 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by cwinklem on 04/18/2018 at 11:59 AM

Re: “How Solid Is the Case Against the Accused School-Shooting Plotter?

often psychiatrist tell their patients to write down their thoughts in a journal. is thoughts we have in a journal an act or attempt to commit a crime No

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Frank Loesch on 04/04/2018 at 11:16 PM

Re: “How Solid Is the Case Against the Accused School-Shooting Plotter?

The 5 who feel there is enough evidence are lying.

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Tom A. on 03/08/2018 at 6:09 PM

Re: “How Solid Is the Case Against the Accused School-Shooting Plotter?

I'm among the world's most vocal and intransigent gun control advocates out there, but I see no "attempt" here. Buying a 12-gauge shotgun in Vermont can hardly be called "gearing up" for a mass shooting. This is the behavior of a delusional kid who needs help, not a criminal act.

11 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Egmatic on 03/08/2018 at 9:24 AM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

I forgot to mention that an email to Commissioner of Corrections Lisa Menard concerning the confiscation of absentee ballots was read three days ago, but remains unanswered.

Posted by OldVTHippy on 02/23/2018 at 3:49 PM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

First off, Jabbar Chandler, the person mentioned in the article as having been threatened and advised that getting the word out "would not be in his interest" has been sent to the hole and has been there for more than a week. Camp Hill has not made the charges known.
Second. As an attorney, I have been in regular contact with Mr. Wool. He has been incarcerated since 1990 and has spent much of his time helping others. In addition as advocating for inmates via the court system, he has twice received letters of commendation from the VT DOC for risking his own safety by protecting prison personnel. The first instance was during a riot in Kentucky and more recently in Michigan, where another inmate jumped a guard. If he were free, I would much prefer Kirk Wool as a neighbor to many who shoot their mouths off here.
Third. Under the Interstate Compact and the contract with PA (yes there is a specific contract) Vermont inmates do not lose the legal rights they have under Vermont law. And of course the protections of the Eighth Amendment against cruel and unusual punishment trump [if I can still use that word] any actions of a state or states.
Fourth. One of the rights guaranteed to Vermont prisoners is the right to vote. Yet, PA officials have confiscated absentee ballots - which I presume are for the upcoming Town Meeting day votes that are carried out via Australian Ballot. Voting residency is neither obtained or lost because of place of incarceration.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by OldVTHippy on 02/23/2018 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Questions About a Trooper Arose Long Before Deadly Shootings

Consideration and compassion for a murderer! Who has killed 3 people in a 6 month span when not 1 of them had a weapon pointed at him.Rule #1 MUZZLE CONTROL! #2 confirm your target AND what's beyond it! Also an officer's finger should not even be on the trigger UNLESS there is a gun pointed at him! Trooper Brown failed on all 3 of these points and he's still getting paid to represent VSP! That is embarrassing and a disgrace to the State of Vermont. Get ready for Super Troopers III

20 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by David Ruiz on 02/22/2018 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Questions About a Trooper Arose Long Before Deadly Shootings

To the two prior commenters:

I recommend you attend a Community Academy similar to the one Burlington PD puts on (https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/Police/Community-Academy-2018). Maybe then youll have an idea of how it feels to strap on and serve. Men and women like Trooper Chris Brown protect people like you regardless of the danger to their own lives because it is their duty. And they do so despite your Constitutional right to condemn them even as you clutch your phones after calling 911, begging for help. You have no concept of what Trooper Brown feels right now, so have some consideration and compassion.

9 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by ss07021 on 02/22/2018 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Questions About a Trooper Arose Long Before Deadly Shootings

Trooper Brown is certainly no "public safety" officer. He's a menace to society and needs to be canned from the force.

24 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Oleander on 02/22/2018 at 1:26 PM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

This article caused someone in the Pennsylvania system to go around questioning and intimidating all the inmates. Be careful throwing names around like this.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Haley on 02/22/2018 at 4:28 AM

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