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Re: “Locked In: Contract Guarantees Inmates Get Sent Out of Vermont

I agree with the post from Barbara, well stated. I have to also add that I am a mother of an inmate. I would like to see our correctional system change and adopt the Sweden Prison system agenda. The longest sentence is 20 years and during their incarceration they learn a trade. They are also treated with respect and dignity. They gain the self confidence needed to rejoin society.
Vermont DOC is a broken system! I believe everyone should be given a second chance. We need to do what we can to help all to become better, well adjusted person so when they join society they will be successful.
I have learned much through this experience and that is never judge another person.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Karen on 05/20/2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Locked In: Contract Guarantees Inmates Get Sent Out of Vermont

Many of these men will be released at some time in the future, having been treated like merchandise for most of their prison time. In the for-profit prisons there was minimal enrichment, no educational programs, and no counseling. When they finally get back to Vermont, they will be little better than they were when sentenced. We won't welcome them in that condition. The criminal justice system works best when all come out of it with some hope of self-respect. We've denied these prisoners that.

When we have a correctional system that already overholds inmates because of housing issues, we have a truly broken system. Until we wake up and start understanding that these men will return to us, and anything we can do to make that return more positive, not less, we ought to do for our own safety and peace of mind, if not for theirs.

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 05/17/2017 at 9:20 PM

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