Human Services Agency head told to investigate reported abuse at women’s prison – VPR

Newly appointed Secretary Mike Smith has been asked by Gov. Phil Scott to investigate reported sexual abuse at the state women’s prison on South Burlington.

"This week, Seven Days reported extensive allegations of drug use and sexual misconduct by corrections officers. That alleged misconduct includes sexual assault of inmates, harassment of female employees, and sexual relationships with women who have left the prison but are still under state supervision. In a written statement Wednesday, Smith said he is "deeply concerned" by the report."If any of what has been reported is true, we have a problem," Smith wrote. "We're going to find that problem, and we're going to solve it."

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