The work of CJCs around the state was highlighted this month in a series of articles. Our work spanning 20 years was acknowledged by Senator Leahy during an event in which criminal justice reformers from around the state gathered in Burlington to push for further reforms.
Others noted the model Vermont has established when it comes to re-entry.
The federal sentencing reform advancing in Congress would expand programs designed to cut recidivism among released offenders. One state thinks it’s found a solution—give former prisoners a circle of volunteer supporters. Read more from the American Prospect
Importantly, people are recognizing that the work in Vermont has benefited from the community-based infrastructure that exists here.
… a critical element that makes Vermont’s effort so successful: a statewide network of community justice centers — funded by the Department of Corrections — that marshal volunteers and resources to help keep former prisoners crime-free. Read more from the Journal Sentinel