Vermont Inmate Population Down, Crime Rate Remains Low
A five-year overhaul of the Vermont corrections system is showing good results, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday, with the state’s prison population and violent crime rates both shrinking.
Joined by officials from two organizations that have been advising Vermont on its efforts, the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Pew Center for the States, Shumlin told reporters at a news conference that the rate of recidivism -- offenders committing new crimes after they are released—also is down significantly.
Shumlin and the other officials said the figures show a striking turnaround since 2008, when Vermont’s inmate population, then 2,202, was projected to grow by 26 percent in the next 10 years. It had grown 86 percent in the previous decade.
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