MOUNT HOLLY, Vt. (AP) - A former Vermont lawmaker is hoping to convert an abandoned inn that once catered to out-of-state skiers into an alternative prison for some of the state's female offenders.
Will Hunter of Cavendish is seeking state support to make Blue Spruce House in Mount Holly a temporary home for about dozen female offenders.
Rather than just passing time behind bars, women would receive treatment for substance abuse problems and learn job skills in a group-home setting, where they would stay under around-the-clock supervision for six to nine months.
Hunter says the idea is that women who complete the Blue Spruce program could have pending criminal charges reduced or dropped.
He tells the Valley News it would be a place where women could get a chance to turn their lives around.
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