Stop Private Prisons! - Rights and Democracy

Stop Private Prisons!

Please join T.J. Donovan and Rights & Democracy calling for a ban on the use of private prisons by the State of Vermont.  The Department of Justice just announced that the federal government will no longer contract with private prisons. Vermont should follow their lead.

Target: The Vermont Legislature

We believe the use of private prisons should be eliminated in Vermont. We ask the Vermont Legislature to pass a ban of their use in order to stop the practice of sending Vermonters to out-of-state, for-profit prisons.*

Background: The US private prison industry has exploded as a multi-billion dollar industry which turns incarcerated people into Wall Street profits.  For years, Vermont has been sending overflow prisoners to out-of-state, for-profit private prisons from Kentucky to Michigan. As the ACLU writes: “The root of the problem: all for-profit prison corporations are in the very business of generating the greatest possible profits, by any means necessary. Providing safe and humane conditions of confinement to the human beings in their custody is — at best — a distant secondary goal. The private prison industry has been a key player over the past two decades in driving the explosion of mass incarceration in the US. Families, communities, and state and local government have suffered terribly from the mass incarceration binge; the only clear winner is the private prison industry and its stockholders, making billions in revenues.”

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Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform:

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T.J. Donovan for VT Attorney General:  

*By signing this petition you are agreeing to receive emails from T.J. Donovan for Vermont Attorney General and The Vermont Political Revolution Fund.

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  • signed 2017-03-26 13:44:29 -0400
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    Patricia Folsom
  • signed 2017-03-24 07:09:06 -0400
  • signed 2017-03-21 17:13:13 -0400
    I am not a Vermont resident but have been forwarded the email by my mother who is a resident of Waitsfield. I generally agree with the goal of having prisons run by the State and certainly agree that prisoners should not be serving time in another state’s prison unless they request transfer or there is a limited short-term need due to overcrowding. I am not necessarily opposed to contractual arrangements with the private sector but the contracts should be very detailed and provide the same or greater level of services as a state prison. Of course the cost to build new prisons is expensive but this is a core government function and if there is chronic overcrowding then the citizens must pay additional taxes for construction or the penalties for less serious crimes lowered to meet available bed space
  • signed 2017-03-20 20:46:22 -0400
    Please note that the statement above with respect to the federal government having abandoned use of private, for profit, prisons is now out-of-date, President Trump having very recently reversed that earlier stance by Obama.
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-08 04:52:07 -0500
    Sign the petition: Stop Private Prisons! Bring the Vermont focus to Restorative Justice and diversions!
  • @benvtdem tweeted link to this page. 2016-12-08 04:52:02 -0500
    Sign the petition: Stop Private Prisons! Bring the Vermont focus to Restorative Justice and diversions!
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    susan mcinnes
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    Chad M. Cushman
  • signed 2016-08-26 09:15:41 -0400
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  • signed 2016-08-24 21:02:44 -0400
    When I lived in KY, I testified before the legislature in opposition to the use of private prisons. I support this petition wholeheartedly as an academic whose specialty is the history of international human rights law. Thank you, Mr. Donovan, for your support.

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