Candidate name: Trevor Barlow

Campaign mailing address, email, and phone:

112 Chapman Road
Proctorsville, VT 05153


(802) 692-1102

[email protected]
 
1. Over the last 40 years, Vermont’s population grew by 35% while its prison population grew by more than 300%, resulting in an annual cost to taxpayers of roughly $150 million in incarceration costs alone. If elected, will you commit to helping Vermont reduce its prison population by at least 50%?
 
Yes. We should always be looking to reasonably cut our costs of incarceration and our prison population.

 

2. Two thirds of Vermont voters want to reduce our prison population and increase alternatives to incarceration. What specific legislative reforms will you advocate in the next biennium to reduce Vermont’s reliance on incarceration, and for each of those reforms, if enacted, how many detainees and/or prisoners do you estimate could be resentenced, released, or diverted to alternatives?
 
We should seek all opportunities to make sure that nonviolent offenders are not incarcerated and are put into rehabilitative programming. I believe that by addressing our opiate problem, authorizing the taxed and regulated cannabis market, improving our statewide economy to the benefit of all incomes levels, offering free and low-cost preventative healthcare (primary, dental, vision and mental) will allow us to focus on a healthier, more productive society for a longer-term impact on criminal behavior.

 

3. Vermont’s Department of Corrections (DOC) does not release aggregate data that would allow for analysis of Vermont’s inmate population by race, gender, age, disability, county, offense, or length of sentence. Will you advocate for DOC to start collecting, analyzing, and releasing aggregate data on Vermont’s inmate population to assist policymakers and the public in crafting smarter criminal justice policies?
 
Yes, we are entering a time of highly data driven decision-making as a society. We should leverage technology and data to assist us to lower incarceration rates, costs and to improve our legal system as a whole.

 

4. Police records show that people of color are disproportionately stopped and searched by Vermont law enforcement, and racial disparities in Vermont’s prison system are among the worst in the nation. What new policies will you advance to better address systemic racism in Vermont’s criminal justice system specifically, and in Vermont as a whole?
 
We need to create a neutral council on discrimination at the state level to come up with ways to eliminate racism and sexism in all of our state programs, not simply our prisons.

 

5. There is growing consensus about the need for public health-centered approaches to substance use and addiction that emphasize decriminalization and harm reduction, increase access to treatment, and do not involve prosecution for drug possession. What new policies will you advance to increase access to treatment and reduce incarceration for drug crimes in Vermont?
 
We need to improve our preventative healthcare through community healthcare centers that can offer services for primary, vision, dental and mental health for low to no cost. We have to create a system in which we can identify drug abusers as early as possible and get them into substantial rehabilitative care due to the high risk of dependence and physiological damage. This should be combined with the introduction to new and healthier lifestyle opportunities that assist them in maintaining their sobriety.