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Vt. lawmakers discuss rights of inmates' children

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont lawmakers appear to be shying away from legislation that would have established a "bill of rights" for the children of parents who are incarcerated.

A bill pending in the House calls for the establishment of eight specific rights, ranging from the right to be free from judgment, blame or labeling when a parent is incarcerated, to the right to have physical contact with the parent during visits.

But Rep. Mary Hooper, a Montpelier Democrat and a member of the House Corrections and Institutions committee, says she doubts the bill will pass as a bill of rights for inmates' children.

Instead, Hooper and other committee members say they expect the legislation will be redrafted to call for better coordination of state services being offered to the children of inmates.

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