Vermont’s Department of Corrections estimates that at any given time in our prison system there are around 100 people who have served their minimum sentence but cannot be released due to lack of approved housing. What is “approved housing” and what are the barriers preventing incarcerated people who are eligible for release from accessing it?
This fall, Smart Justice Vermont is exploring questions related to mass incarceration, its causes and alternatives in The Freedom Series, an online forum for discussion and learning. Join us for our next discussion: No Place to Stay Except Prison.
Richard Gagné, house director of the Burlington Dismas House and program manager for Dismas of Vermont joins us as a guest to share his insights on working to provide transitional housing options in Vermont. We will explore how we can address the need for better access to transitional housing and reduce the number of people in Vermont who are incarcerated simply because they don’t have a place to stay.