Vermont inmates headed to Oklahoma

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Some state prison inmates will be held in Oklahoma because Vermont does not have enough space to hold its growing population.

A contract agreement has been reached for Vermont to send as many as 240 of its inmates to the North Fork Correctional Facility in Sayre, Oklahoma.

Some of the inmates will be shifted from a private prison in Kentucky, where 380 Vermont inmates are being held. Vermont also holds 80 prisoners in Tennessee.

The state’s prisons remain at capacity, forcing the Corrections Department to find places out of state to hold inmates.

Vermont leads the nation in the percentage of its prisoners held outside the state at 20%.

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