Housing Crunch Keeps Some Inmates in Prison Longer

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Tight housing and job markets are making it difficult for some inmates at Vermont’s prisons to go free. Corrections Commissioner Steve Gold says 132 prisoners across the state would be released if they could locate housing.

At the Southeast State Correctional Facility, inmates start consulting with caseworkers when they are a few months away from being released. A caseworker there says some of the inmates she works with are still looking for a place to live weeks and months after they otherwise could be released from prison.

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