Canceled VT jail contract sends inmates to AZ

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Vermont's out-of-state inmates will now go to private prisons in Arizona and Kentucky after a contract with Massachusetts was discontinued.

The contract, which sent inmates to Massachusetts, was canceled a year after Vermont inmates at a Massachusetts jail rioted over conditions.

Vermont Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito said the Franklin County Jail and House of Detention in Greenfield reduced the number of Vermont inmates it would take from about 100 to below 50. He said at that point, it didn't make sense to continue the contract, which was allowed to expire June 30.

Vermont inmates rioted at the jail last July, amid complaints about conditions at the facility.

Pallito said Vermont had put out a request for proposals for jails near Vermont to house inmates from the state, but nothing satisfactory was found.

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