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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Richard Sears
The Vermont Senate passed a bill Tuesday to clarify the role of the defender general in investigating problems in the state's prison system, following complaints the office was hampered in investigating a prison suicide last year.
People can get attention either from their accomplishments or from their deliberate attempts to get attention. Today, almost everywhere you look, people seem to be putting their efforts into getting attention.
Just before he left office in 2010, Gov. James Douglas shifted those investigators to the Department of Human Resources to look into allegations of employee misconduct across state government, Sears said.
Sen. Richard Sears, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the corrections oversight panel, said in an interview that the prisoners' rights office needs unfettered access to Corrections Department records and the ability to interview inmates in its investigations.