Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, says fewer Vermont offenders are finding their way back into prison after serving their sentences.
Last spring the governor signed the War on Recidivism Act. It's aimed at reducing repeat offenses in part by keeping fewer nonviolent offenders behind bars. It's the continuation of an effort started before Shumlin took office and he says the efforts have saved the state $18.3 million since 2008.
Lawmakers stood with the governor stressing the importance of transitional programs to continue curbing recidivism.
"Folks who are incarcerated are our Vermonters, they're our neighbors, in some cases our family members. We want them to be productive in our state, in order to do that we need to invest," said Rep. Alice Emmons, D-Springfield.
Vt. Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito says overcrowding is still a problem. There are currently 485 Vermonters being housed out of state.