Crime spike in Burlington? Does incarceration fuel future criminal activity?

This week’s 7Days delves into these questions.  Reporter Kevin Kelley details the complex push-and-pull among DOC, local police, and county prosecutors to reduce crime, yet keep low-level offenders out of expensive prison beds in VT ($50,000 per inmate/year).  From the vantage point of Sarah and I ‘inside,’ it’s clear that there are not enough effective transitional housing programs statewide.  Also for the women, untreated addictions and past traumas ultimately spark their criminal activity.  Intensive, long-term treatment is essential.  Read on…

Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling Says There’s More Crime, Less Punishment

http://www.7dvt.com/2011burlington-police-chief-mike-schirling-says-theres-more-crime-less-punishment

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