Decarcerate VT!

I support ending unnecessary incarceration of Vermonters who are:

- Held for lack of housing. Solution: Remove the requirement for DOC approval, and release Vermonters so they are not in prison beyond their eligible release date for lack of approved housing, which can sometimes be for months or even years.

- Older and low-risk prisoners. Solution: Increase parole eligibility ("compassionate release") for older inmates who haven't yet reached their minimum sentence.

- Jailed for a "technical violation." Solution: Prohibit incarceration for non-criminal violations of conditions of release, and substitute incentives for punishments to achieve better outcomes.

- Held for lack of bail. Solution: Eliminate monetary bail so we no longer discriminate against poor people. 

- Charged with or convicted of non-violent offenses. Solution: Make greater use of alternative responses to non-violent offenses such as job training programs, substance abuse treatment, and restorative justice, including reparative community work.

By ending unnecessary incarceration, we can begin to make Vermont a safer, more just and healthier state!

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  • signed 2017-06-29 22:48:20 -0400
    Let’s end cash bail in Vermont!!!!!!!
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    Diane Dubuque
  • signed 2017-04-12 13:47:35 -0400
    The United States criminal “justice” system reflects less “justice” and more vengeance in my opinion. I believe we must find alternative programs to help first time, non violent offenders start down more promising roads. Warehousing them in cages doesn’t seem to offer much hope-for them or for our society as a whole. I strongly believe we must address the racial biases in the system as well. If prison-and making prison hellish-solved our crime problems we’d be in much better shape now.


    Jeanne Posner
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-11 01:17:10 -0400
    Sign the petition: Decarcerate VT!
  • signed 2017-04-11 01:16:52 -0400
  • signed 2017-04-10 22:13:47 -0400
    Anna Smith
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  • signed 2017-04-10 19:31:44 -0400
    Janice Ray Hallman

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