Vermont officials looking to move inmates out of Camp Hill

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 23, 2018 11:05 AM

In this Tuesday, April 13, 2010 photo, a solitary corrections officer looks out from a tower at one corner of the state prison in Camp Hill, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Montpelier, Vt.) -- Vermont's Republican Gov. Phil Scott's administration says they have taken steps to remove that state's inmates from a public prison in the midstate.

The effort was announced Thursday -- one day after state Sen. Dick Sears and Rep. Alice Emmons, Democrats who head the Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee, asked for inmates to be moved to another prison.

Criminal justice advocates have raised concerns about conditions at Camp Hill, Cumberland County, where two Vermont inmates have died since October. A third inmate died shortly after returning to Vermont from the prison.

Scott says the state will issue a request for proposals soon, and Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille says Vermont wants a better contract to address the prisoners' needs, but the interest in moving is unrelated to the deaths.

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