The FreeHer Campaign has been pushing for the decarceration of women in Vermont and throughout New England. The Vermont campaign has been canvassing, running phone banks, and organizing events to mobilize the community.
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The State of Vermont has agreed to a $4.5 million settlement in a civil lawsuit filed in December 2021 on behalf of seven youth formerly lodged at Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center.
While COVID-19 has put a years-long hold on incarcerated Vermonters performing physically grueling and sometimes dangerous labor for little or no money, dozens if not hundreds of Vermont organizations have used this labor as a way to save money, creating an incentive for municipalities to over-police in exchange for cheap labor.
When we look at how some of those services are delivered within the correction system, it’s obvious that folks don’t have any choice in where they get those services, or what price points to get those services at, which creates a real problem when you have very limited resources and an inability to earn those resources. And we also see things costing far more within an incarcerated setting than they might for folks on the outside.
In light of a civil lawsuit filed last month on behalf of seven youth formerly lodged at Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Essex, The Rake