October 20, 2014
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Sex offenders living in two Vermont counties have gone without clinical treatment for several weeks because the state's contract with the provider unexpectedly ended.
The Department of Corrections won't say why the contract was broken. Deputy Commissioner Lisa Menard says in the meantime, staff members from probation and parole are holding regular meetings with offenders. A new provider will start work in Rutland County on Monday, but it could take several months to find a replacement in Bennington County.
That doesn't sit well with many local officials, who said they weren't told that offenders weren't getting treatment. State Sen. Richard Sears of Bennington told the Rutland Herald that having parole officers fill in just doesn't cut it.
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