- Associated Press - Saturday, June 16, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy has advanced legislation to establish a center focusing on restorative justice.

Leahy said the Center for Restorative Justice would examine way to reduce recidivism and to address mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline and inequalities within the criminal justice system.

The center would examine ways to reform the criminal justice system and provide curriculums to education officials.

Leahy said the idea for the center is based on work already being done at the Vermont Law School and the University of Vermont.

The Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes $3 million to establish the center. The bill still needs the approval of the full Senate and the House as well as the signature of President Donald Trump.



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