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Voices / Letters from readers

Rally to advocate reduction of prison population

Originally published in The Commons issue #420 (Wednesday, August 9, 2017). This story appeared on page D2.

No nation keeps such a high percentage of its people in prison as the USA. Europe’s rate is a third of ours.

In Vermont, 10 percent of prisoners are African American. Just 1 percent of Vermonters are black.

In Brattleboro on Sept. 27, there will be a freedom march. The goal is to get politicians to reduce the prison population.

The march starts at 5 p.m. at Pliny Park. Speaking at a 15-minute rally before the march will be Anna Stevens of Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform and Brattleboro resident Ellen Schwartz, the president of the Vermont Workers Center, which in recent years organized marches in Montpelier that drew thousands of people.

For more information, please contact me at 802-254-2531 or

Eesha Williams


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