There were speakers from 12 different countries at the UVM Davis Center on Wednesday. It was about restorative justice.
Experts talked about stopping over-emphasized punishment and giving work to give victims tools to learn from their mistakes and heal.
Vermont's Former Corrections Commissioner John Gorczyk says this is a great start to changing an old system.
"We've reformed that system somewhat, but it's basically the same policy structure. I think this gives us is increasing insight and opportunity to reform those systems," Gorczyk said.
The conference will have breakout sessions through the rest of the week. It opens at 7:15 in the morning.
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