Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Vermont Attorney General's Elder Protection Initiative

The Mission of the Elder Protection Initiative (EPI) is to promote the safety and security of older Vermonters. The EPI consists of staff from the Attorney General Office’s Criminal, Public Protection & Human Services Divisions. The EPI collaborates with stakeholder agencies and organizations to accomplish shared goals.


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The Vermont Senate is discussing appropriating $250,000 to study building a new prison for the incarcerated women in Vermont. I have urged the Senate Institutions Committee to broaden the scope of the study to include what services are required to meet the needs of the incarcerated women in Vermont and alternatives to incarceration. If we focus on solely on building a new facility, we can be sure that we will not only fill that facility, but miss an opportunity to achieve truly better outcomes for these Vermonters and address these issues holistically and at their roots. Below is a letter that I, along with the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, ACLU of Vermont and others sent to the committee. ⤵️⤵️⤵️Yesterday, we presented a joint letter from the VT Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Attorney General T.J. Donovan, Vermont Works for Women, the ACLU-Vermont and Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform to the Senate Institutions Committee asking for a better future for incarcerated women in Vermont. Read on for the full text of the letter, below.

April 9th, 2019

Senator Benning, Chair
Senator Rogers, Vice Chair
Senator Mazza
Senator Lyons
Senator Hooker

Dear Committee Members,

Thank you for your consideration and attention to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility which houses women in Vermont who are incarcerated. It has been well
established that the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility lacks the physical space and built environment conducive to the rehabilitation and services that Vermont’s female prison population needs and deserves.

The capital bill under your consideration proposes to allocate $250,000 to Buildings and General Services for a feasibility study to “evaluate options for the site location of a new correctional facility to replace Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility”. While we appreciate the shared concern regarding the current facility and its significant
limitations, we disagree with the scope and focus of the proposed study. The focus of any evaluation of the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility must be broader than the building and facilities.

We the undersigned are requesting that the language be amended to require the State of Vermont to use the proposed funds to evaluate alternatives to incarceration and the services required to meet the needs of Vermont’s female prison population. In addition, this evaluation should include but not be limited to participation by the
Department of Corrections. This evaluation must also include key stakeholders including organizations which currently provide services at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.

Most of the women at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility are incarcerated as a result of criminal responses to trauma. If the State of Vermont wishes to decrease its overall prison population and create a system where incarceration and rehabilitation coexist, we must work collaboratively and creatively to achieve that vision.


Karen Tronsgard-Scott, Executive Director
Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Jen Oldham, Executive Director
Vermont Works for Women

Tom Dalton, Executive Director
Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform

James Duff Lyle, Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont

TJ Donovan, Attorney General
State of Vermont
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The Attorney General’s Efforts to Address the Opioids Crisis Can Benefit Older Vermonters

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Receiver Appointed to Manage Pillsbury Group Residential Care Homes

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AG Donovan Joins Effort to Curb Illegal Robocalls

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A message from Attorney General T.J. Donovan

It’s my job, and my office’s job, to help keep older Vermonters safe and secure. We do that every day in our criminal division by prosecuting physical abuse and financial exploitation. We do that job in our consumer protection division by advocating for older consumers and educating the public on frauds and scams. And we …

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