Will wonders never cease. No sooner than the U.S. Justice Department decides to ease its way out of the private prison business, than the Democratic candidate for Attorney General forcefully advocates the same move for Vermont.
What’s more, he believes it will be simple. From an email blast received Saturday evening:
There is a lot we need to do for criminal justice reform, but most people would agree that we should stop shipping Vermonters to out-of-state, for-profit prisons.
… This is one obvious step I believe we can take in the first 100 days of the next legislative session in 2017.
Considering that the administration and Legislature has been fecklessly batting around this issue for years, I’d like to know more about how Donovan believes we could get out of private prisons by the end of next March.
I have to admit, I haven’t been paying much attention to the AG race. It’s taken a back seat to the campaigns for governor and lieutenant governor, and it’s not like Donovan will be seriously challenged by Deb Bucknam. But it’s heartening to see a solidly progressive proposal coming from TJ. And it sparks fresh hope that our next AG will quickly put an end to the general somnolence of the Age of Sorrell.
Also makes me wonder, if it’s as simple as Donovan says it is, why the Democrats have been farting around with it for years.