In 2010, Vermont had 2,248 incarcerated individuals under its watch. Today, that figure is just 1,258–a 44 percent decline. For supporters of criminal justice reform and lawmakers looking to lower Vermont’s inmate population, that’s good news – right? Wrong, say activists.
Vermont’s state internet technology (IT) resources have long been plagued by glitches, crashes, and difficult-to-navigate interfaces. But a renewed focus on modernizing the state’s IT system may be a step towards a solution for these recurring challenges.
Legislators are debating how to address the lack of affordable housing in Vermont, coming into conflict with the Scott Administration’s proposals to tackle the problem. While both sides have been keen to invest resources in housing over the past several years, there remains a stark divide over whether or not regulatory burdens need to be reduced in order to lower housing costs.