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Prisoner Integration: Involving the Community -- A Vermont Story

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With more than 2 million people in prison, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the industrialized world. How can we integrate those prisoners back into the community in ways that can reduce the likelihood of committing new crimes?  Sociologist Kathy Fox will discuss research on Vermont’s Circles of Support & Accountability (CoSA) program which is a community-based program to assist returning citizens integrate into communities after a prison term. The program has been able to successfully reduce re-offender rates and is considered a national model.  Dr. Fox won the 2016 Frank Bryan Award summer research award to conduct this research. Dr. Fox will also discuss the advantages to conducting research in Vermont and a new program she recently started to teach college students and prisoners liberal arts courses in prison.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Vermont and the Vermont Historical Society.

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