Lawmakers Discuss Shutting Down Work Camp at St. Johnsbury Correctional Facility

By Joe Gullo | jgullo@nexstar.tv, Alex Rose | arose@nexstar.tv

Published 02/11 2016 04:13PM

Updated 02/11 2016 04:13PM

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With a declining prison population in Vermont, lawmakers discussed potentially shutting down the St. Johnsbury Correctional Facility Work Camp.

The idea was proposed in Governor Peter Shumlin's budget last month.

Members of the Northeast Kingdom Community and officials with Department of Corrections talked options and potential alternatives to shutting it down, or expanding who is eligible to work in the camp.

Local lawmakers say the camp is an important part of prison rehabilitation.

"They learn skills and traits," Rep. Janssen Willhoit (R-Caledonia-3) said. "Last quarter alone there were 250 certifications that the men earned. They can utilize these skills when they get out, help them get jobs, and build positive relationships."

Closing the camp along with reducing the out of state bed count by 43 will save the state about $1.1 million.

The only other prison work camp in Vermont is in Windsor.

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