Free Virtual Speaking Series hosted by the Dismas House

Free Virtual Speaking Series hosted by the Dismas House

In partnership with people leading the way in Vermont, we’re inviting our community to the conversation about our criminal justice system through the lens of restorative justice. In the coming months, we’ll explore our topic from varied perspectives, culminating with an event featuring Sr. Helen Prejean, author, activist, and founder of the Ministry Against the Death Penalty. Read More
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NVRH receives $450,000 grant to build prevention network

NVRH receives $450,000 grant to build prevention network

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) has received the Vermont Prevention Center of Excellence’s Grant which is a one-year grant opportunity with goals to reduce underage drinking, high-risk alcohol consumption, marijuana and tobacco misuse, prescription drug and stimulant misuse, and illicit stimulants and opioids. In order to build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community, as well as regional levels, NVRH is partnering with Umbrella Inc. Read More
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Survivor shares story of Vermont human trafficking ordeal

Survivor shares story of Vermont human trafficking ordeal

“Starting to really look at the root causes. Starting to address trauma in real and authentic ways. Starting to understand the impact of not being able to meet basic needs. How do we start addressing that? How do we provide adequate health care and mental health care?” she said. “The only way we’re going to be able to create change is to have honest conversations.” Read More
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January 11, 2021 is National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness

January 11, 2021 is National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness

Mention “human trafficking” in the same sentence with “Vermont,” and the reaction may be one of surprise and disbelief. Although Vermont may seem insulated from such a horrendous and insidious crime, even in the Green Mountain State human trafficking is hidden in plain sight. As with most public health issues, awareness is key to the prevention of human trafficking. Read More
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Attorney general asks lawmakers to limit new ‘good time’ law

Attorney general asks lawmakers to limit new ‘good time’ law

Attorney General TJ Donovan is asking lawmakers to restrict a policy that allows certain prisoners to earn reduced time off their sentences. Donovan doesn’t want it to apply to people convicted of murder or sexual assault. The policy was passed earlier this year as part of a criminal justice reform package called Justice Reinvestment II, aimed at keeping people out of prison, reducing recidivism and limiting the state’s furlough system. Under the so-called “good time” policy, starting in 2021, inmates can begin to earn seven days per month off their minimum and maximum sentences by obeying rules and meeting Department of Corrections requirements. Read More
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A stalking experience, escaping to Vermont

A stalking experience, escaping to Vermont

Everyday, we walk past strangers while going through our normal routines. Are we the only ones who pay attention to our daily whereabouts? For most people, yes, but the odds that someone is watching you could be higher than you might have thought. According to the Stalking Prevention Awareness Resource Center, in the U.S., one in six women and one in 17 men have experienced stalking in their lifetime. Read More
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