NYT Reports: Safety Is Issue As Budget Cuts Free Prisoners

"In the rush to save money in grim budgetary times, states nationwide have trimmed their prison populations by expanding parole programs and early releases. But the result — more convicted felons on the streets, not behind bars — has unleashed a backlash, and state officials now find themselves trying to maneuver between saving money and maintaining the public’s sense of safety."

Story is relevant as Vermont legislature begins to explore "Challenges For Change" plan’s idea to release 350 "non-violent" Vermont offenders.