- Associated Press - Saturday, August 20, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s Republican and Democratic gubernatorial nominees are offering different responses to a U.S. Justice Department call to phase out the use of private prisons. Vermont currently sends about 250 inmates to a private prison in Michigan.

Republican Phil Scott says he would want a thorough cost-benefit analysis before changing the state’s current policy of sending some inmates out-of-state.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sue Minter says she’ll explore phasing out the use of private prisons by working to reduce Vermont’s recidivism rate and incarceration of nonviolent offenders.

The Corrections Department says it costs about $25,000 a year per inmate to send prisoners to the private prison in Baldwin, Michigan, that the state has been using for the past 14 months. In-state inmates cost about $62,000 each per year.

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