The good news: The Scott administration’s capital spending request includes money for a new women’s prison.
The bad news: It’s gonna take years for anything to actually happen.
The proposed capital bill would allocate $1.5 million over the next two fiscal years toward a replacement for the outdated and unsanitary Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, a.k.a. the state women’s prison. That money is nothing more than a down payment; the stated purpose is for “Planning and Design, Outside Consultants.”
That’s right, at least two years of planning lies ahead before anything concrete will be done.
As a reminder, the Seven Days expose that started all this was published more than a year ago, and included this lovely nugget:
Soon after women prisoners were moved to the South Burlington facility in 2011, a group of local nonprofits documented the presence of worms and drain flies in the showers, inadequate heating and cooling systems, and a dearth of toilets. In a report released last month, Vermont Interfaith Action described a “depressing, hopeless atmosphere” within the prison.
Everyone agrees that the women’s prison is kind of a hellhole, but the inmates will just have to be patient, won’t they?
After the jump: Work begins on legislation to address the DOC’s dysfunctional culture.Continue reading