Committee takes testimony on sex offender laws

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Vermont Corrections Commissioner Rob Hofmann says the state has grown tougher and smarter in the last quarter century in dealing with sex offenders.

Hofmann’s comments followed testimony from an inmate at the state prison in St. Albans, who told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that he committed two serious assaults while he was on parole for an earlier offense in the 1980s.

Calbraith MacLeod told lawmakers the assaults most likely would not have happened if he had been under closer supervision by his parole officer.

Hofmann says the state has added scores of community correctional officers to keep tabs on offenders since the 1980s.

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