MONTPELIER, Vt. – With Vermont's prison facilities aging, lawmakers are beginning to grapple with whether to build new or patch up the old.
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The state Department of Buildings and General Services shared data with a legislative committee this past week on the maintenance costs of all eight Vermont facilities and the estimated cost of replacing them.
For example, the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility faces nearly $11 million in deferred maintenance costs over the next 20 years. The estimated cost of replacing it would be about $28 million.
Officials say some facilities sit so tightly on their lots that they would be very difficult to expand.
Meanwhile, state officials say expansion may be needed to accommodate a corrections system that is trying to focus more on rehabilitating inmates than on warehousing them.