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    Vermont has sent 272 inmates to a prison in Pennsylvania?

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  • Dylen

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    Vermont keeps people in jail simply for lack of approved housing?

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  • old people

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    Vermont has the second oldest prison population in the U.S.?

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  • people of color

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    Vermont has one of the worst rates of over-incarcerating people of color?

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  • unnecessary incarceration

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    We can end unnecessary incarceration quickly and safely?

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Vermont’s criminal justice system was created over time by well-meaning citizens who wanted safer communities. Some mistakenly thought criminalizing a behavior would prevent it.  Some wanted harsher sentences out of fear.  Some simply wanted to punish. Others helped create more constructive alternatives—diversion programs, community justice centers, restorative justice panels, specialty courts. Nonetheless, what remains is a state of over-incarceration not unlike that in the rest of the country, better in some ways and worse in others. VCJR exists to shine a light on current criminal justice practices and to promote a radically different—productive—approach to interpersonal harm.

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Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform
PO Box 8753, Burlington, VT 05402
(802) 540-0440

Contact us:
tom@vcjr.org

Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform 
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

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