MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s administration says they have taken steps to remove Vermont inmates from a public prison in Pennsylvania.
The effort was announced Thursday – one day after state Sen. Dick Sears and Rep. Alice Emmons, Democrats who head the Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee, asked for inmates to be moved to another prison.
Criminal justice advocates have raised concerns about conditions at Camp Hill in Pennsylvania, where two Vermont inmates have died since October. A third inmate died shortly after returning to Vermont from the prison.
Scott says the state will issue a request for proposals soon, and Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille says Vermont wants a better contract to address the prisoners’ needs, but the interest in moving is unrelated to the deaths.