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Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee

Fomerly The Joint Legislative Corrections Oversight Committee

The Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee exercises oversight over the Department of Corrections and works with and provides assistance to other legislative committees on matters related to corrections policies.

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Previous Meetings - Full Report

Summary Report

Thursday, May 4, 2023
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
12:15 PM

Election of Officers and Committee Planning

1:00 PM

Adjourn


Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

Introductions

10:15 AM

Update on Legislation from Session

  • Benjamin Novogroski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
11:00 AM

Update on Dept of Corrections

Training, Recruiting, Fatalities and Work Crew

  • Nicholas Deml, Commissioner, Department of Corrections
11:45 AM

Lunch

12:45 PM

Update on Dept of Corrections

Training, Recruiting,Fatalities and Work Crew

  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Timothy Lueders-Dumont, Legislative & Asst. Appellate Attorney, Vermont Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs
  • Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office
  • Judge Thomas Zonay, Chief Superior Judge, Vermont Judiciary
2:15 PM

Update on Governor's Safety Enhancement and Violence Prevention Action Plan

  • Dee Barbic, Director, Violence Prevention Task Force
  • Kevin Blongy, Vermont Police Association
  • Timothy Lueders-Dumont, Legislative & Asst. Appellate Attorney, Vermont Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs
3:00 PM

Adjourn


Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

Health care in Vermont Prisons

  • Timothy Burgess, , Impacted Former Detainee
  • Jen Canfield, VermontJustJustice
  • Nicholas Deml, Commissioner, Department of Corrections
  • Jonathan Ellwell, VermontJustJustice
  • Tiffany Harrington, Impacted Former Detainee
  • Meg McCarthy, , VermontJustJustice
  • Leslie Thorsen, Spokesperson, VermontJustJustice
11:45 AM

Closing of Public Inebriation Programs

Impact on Doc Facilities

  • Bob Bick, Executive Director, Howard Center
  • Al Cormier, Chief of Operations, Department of Corrections
  • Louis Dandurand, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine, Northwestern Medical Center
  • Nicholas Deml, Commissioner, Department of Corrections
  • Kelly Dougherty, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health
  • Michael Hartman, Executive Director, Lamoille County Mental Health Services
  • Jason Wetherby, Lieutenant, Saint Albans Police Department
12:30 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Competency Evaluations

  • Karen Barber, General Counsel, Department of Mental Health
  • Timothy Lueders-Dumont, Legislative & Asst. Appellate Attorney, Vermont Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs
  • Benjamin Novogroski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Stuart Schurr, General Counsel, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living
  • Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office
  • Judge Thomas Zonay, Chief Superior Judge, Vermont Judiciary
3:00 PM

Adjourn


Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

Health care in Vermont Prisons

  • Kristin Calver, Financial Director, Department of Corrections
  • Robyn Hodges, VP of Mental health, Wellpath
  • Annie Ramniceanu, Mental Health Systems Director, Department of Corrections
11:30 AM

Update on the Community Violence Prevention Program

  • Kelly Dougherty, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health
  • Jennifer Morrison, Commissioner, Department of Public Safety
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Competency Evaluations

  • Lauren Hibbert, Deputy Secretary of State, Secretary of State's Office
  • Thomas Powell , Licensed Psychologist-Doctorate, Vermont Forensic Assessment PLLC
  • Simha Ravven, Chief Medical Officer, Howard Center
1:45 PM

Committee Discussion

  • Benjamin Novogroski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:30 PM

Adjourn


Thursday, October 26, 2023
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

Status of DCF Report on Secure Placement Facility for Juveniles

  • Jennifer Fitch, Commissioner, Department of Buildings and General Services
  • Aryka Radke, Deputy Commissioner, Family Services Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Chris Winters, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
11:00 AM

Status of DCF Report on Secure Placement Facility for Juveniles

  • Trissie Casanova, Chair of the Labor Management Committee, Department for Children and Families
  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Status of DCF Report on Secure Placement Facility for Juveniles

  • Matthew Bernstein, Director, Office of Child, Youth and Family Advocate
  • John Campbell, Executive Director, Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs
  • Lauren Higbee, Deputy Advocate, Office of Child, Youth and Family Advocate
  • Shawn Loan, Lieutenant, Vermont State Police
2:15 PM

Update on RDAP's work and due date of Biennial Report

  • Etan Nasreddin, Chair, RDAP
2:30 PM

Committee Discussion

Recommendations to Legislature re:
Heath care in Prisons
Competency Evaluations
Juvenile Justice Issues

  • Benjamin Novogroski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

Review of Home Detention Program per Act 78

  • Dale Crook, Director of Field Services, Department of Corrections
  • Isaac Dayno, Executive Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Department of Corrections
  • Timothy Lueders-Dumont, Legislative & Asst. Appellate Attorney, Vermont Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs
  • Ben Novogroski, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Matthew Valerio, Defender General, Defender General's Office
  • Judge Thomas Zonay, Chief Superior Judge, Vermont Judiciary
11:30 AM

Review of Home Detention Policy per Act 78

Committee Discussion

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.222 - An act relating to reducing overdoses

Continuity of Treatment for Incarcerated People Reentering Community

  • Tom Dalton, Executive Director, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform
  • Isaac Dayno, Executive Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Department of Corrections
  • Andrea De La Bruere, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Jess Kirby, Director of Client Services, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, Opioid Settlement Advisory Committee Member
  • Benjamin Novogroski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:00 PM

Raise the Age and Big 12 Offenses

  • Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:30 PM

Juvenile Justice

Committee Discussion


Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

H.222 - An act relating to reducing overdoses

Continuity of Treatment for Incarcerated People Reentering the Community

  • Nicholas Deml, Commissioner, Department of Corrections
  • Kelly Dougherty, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health
  • Steve Howard, Executive Director, Vermont State Employees Association
  • Stephanie Ruckman, VP of Operations-MAT, Wellpath
11:30 AM

Report on Community Violence Prevention Program

Per Act 23

  • Kelly Dougherty, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Update on RFP and Nov Report

  • Chris Winters, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
1:30 PM

Juvenile Offenders

Efforts to establish a secure facility and court decisions

  • Jennifer Fitch, Commissioner, Department of Buildings and General Services
  • Benjamin Novogroski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
  • Chris Winters, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
2:30 PM

Committee Discussion

Home Detention Review Letter

  • Benjamin Novogroski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
2:45 PM

Out of State Incarceration of Vermont Prisoners

  • Timothy Burgess, Director, Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants
  • Al Cormier, Chief of Operations, Department of Corrections
  • Stephen Finner, Racial Justice Group, Unitarian Church of Montpelier
  • Kathy Fox, Professor, Liberal Arts in Prison Program, University of Vermont
  • Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Sponsor of H.326, Chittenden 14
3:00 PM

Adjourn


Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

Update on Bills

  • Benjamin Novogroski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Counsel
11:00 AM

Update on Department of Corrections

Staffing, Population report, Justice Reinvestment II

  • Kristin Calver, Financial Director, Department of Corrections
  • Al Cormier, Chief of Operations, Department of Corrections
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Update on Court System

Backlog, Security, Other issues for FY25

  • Thomas Zonay, Chief Superior Judge, Vermont Judiciary
2:00 PM

Justice Reinvestment II

Funding impact

  • Aimee Pope, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
2:30 PM

Committee Discussion

Meeting schedule, Topics for future legislation

3:00 PM

Adjourn