Vermont Town Opposing Work Camp Plan to House More Inmates

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A Vermont town is opposing a proposal to fill a work camp's empty beds with dozens of inmates not eligible to serve time at the work camp.

The Vermont House has approved a $5.77 billion state budget that included a provision to fill the empty beds at the Caledonia Community Work Camp in St. Johnsbury with 50 prisoners.

The Caledonian Record reports a letter from the town to Democratic Rep. Alice Emmons of Springfield says it opposes the plan due to questions about the potential "negative" impact on the area. It's requesting the decision be delayed.

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced plans to close the camp in January. About 50 beds in the 112-bed facility are vacant.

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