State’s prosecutors offer package of reforms to sex offender laws

Attorney General Bill Sorrell and most of Vermont’s state’s attorneys are backing a package of criminal justice reforms designed to make it easier to prosecute sex crimes. The package doesn’t include longer mandatory minimum sentences for convicted child sex offenders because some members of the group believe this issue needs more study.

Midday Newscast: August 5, 2008

Here are the top stories at noon: Rutland has adopted a new ordinance restricting where convicted sex offenders can live after their release from prison; A big swath of forestland in northern New Hampshire has been preserved with the help of snowmobilers, anglers, preservation groups and an anonymous donor…

Morning Newscast: July 24, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: Vermont leads the nation in helping service members when they come home;  Officials predict the power won’t be as cheap as it is now in the near future;  The first Vermont municipality to pass an ordinance restricting where sex offenders may live within its borders is expected to draw a legal challenge…

Morning Newscast: July 22, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: It’s unlikely the governor will call a special session in the wake of the Brooke Bennett case;  Police are searching for about two dozen convicted sex offenders who couldn’t be found during a recent sweep of Chittenden County; Progressive Party candidate Anthony Pollina says he’s decided to run as an Independent candidate this fall…

Prosecuting Sex Offenders

We talk with state’s attorneys about their experiences prosecuting sex offenders. Then, we hear from reporter Candace Page about the state’s efforts to control stormwater, and we visit with one Elton John fan who is eagerly awaiting the singer’s first concert in Vermont.