Decarcerate VT! - Rights and Democracy VT

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!

201 signatures

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  • Logan Nicoll
    signed 2018-06-28 13:03:43 -0400
    logan4vt.com
  • Kalinen Barrows
    signed 2018-04-03 10:38:00 -0400
  • Bonnie Duncan
    signed 2018-03-31 21:22:25 -0400
    End needless incarcerations. Our present system incarcerates too many people for inappropriate reasons. Decarcerate our state for the safety and wellbeing of all Vermonters.
  • Martha Tack
    signed 2018-02-08 16:16:18 -0500
  • Leigh Steele
    signed 2017-10-05 14:03:31 -0400
  • Andy Sebranek
    signed 2017-07-05 11:06:25 -0400
  • Mike Fiske
    signed 2017-07-04 14:52:47 -0400
  • Virginia Nickerson
    signed 2017-06-30 14:03:01 -0400
  • Camilla Tannen-Barrup
    signed 2017-06-30 13:09:19 -0400
  • Rachel Thompson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-29 22:48:36 -0400
    Sign the petition: Decarcerate VT!
  • Rachel Thompson
    @hautemama808 tweeted link to this page. 2017-06-29 22:48:32 -0400
  • Rachel Thompson
    signed 2017-06-29 22:48:20 -0400
    Let’s end cash bail in Vermont!!!!!!!
  • Sylvia Knight
    signed 2017-05-24 09:34:12 -0400
  • Gail Schermer
    signed 2017-04-30 20:34:20 -0400
  • Gail Rushford
    signed 2017-04-28 19:26:02 -0400
  • Julie Haupt
    signed 2017-04-14 19:53:51 -0400
  • Barbara Buckley
    signed 2017-04-13 18:59:41 -0400
  • Eileen Haddon
    signed 2017-04-13 15:27:03 -0400
  • Simeon Crossman
    signed 2017-04-12 21:14:20 -0400
  • Diane Dubuque
    signed via 2017-04-12 15:19:52 -0400
    Diane Dubuque
  • Jeanne Posner
    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
  • Patsy Cushing
    signed 2017-04-11 18:01:04 -0400
  • Louise Frazier
    signed 2017-04-11 13:51:51 -0400
  • Elizabeth Lee
    signed 2017-04-11 12:57:15 -0400
  • Sascha Stanton-Craven
    signed via 2017-04-11 11:26:58 -0400
  • Rebecca Plummer
    signed 2017-04-11 09:37:03 -0400
  • Emma Ronai-Durning
    signed 2017-04-11 09:16:18 -0400
  • Bernice Kelman
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-11 01:17:10 -0400
    Sign the petition: Decarcerate VT!
  • Bernice Kelman
    signed 2017-04-11 01:16:52 -0400
  • Anna Smith
    signed 2017-04-10 22:13:47 -0400
    Anna Smith

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