VT Inmate Population Down, Recidivism Rate Improves
Governor Peter Shumlin is celebrating victories in what he calls "the war on recidivism." He says the state has made progress in reducing the prison population while also cutting the crime rate.
The numbers now reverse a trend the state was seeing five years ago, when the prison population was skyrocketing and budgets were escalating for the Department of Corrections.
"Instead of growing by 26 percent, we've reduced our prison population significantly," Shumlin said as he released the latest corrections numbers at his weekly news conference. "We've done that by reducing crime and making Vermont's streets safer than they were."
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