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The population of Vermont has grown only ten percent in the last twenty years, and violent crime in that same period has dropped by thirty percent. But during these same years Vermont's prison population has swelled, and the cost of incarceration has skyrocketed. In these twenty years, Vermont has created more prison beds - and filled them - and still has to send some offenders out of state.
Punishing costs: How locking up children is making Britain less safe
There are also alternative approaches to justice that address minor offending more effectively than the traditional criminal justice system. Practices of restorative or community justice are based on the offenders accepting personal responsibility and repairing the damage they have done, instead of merely receiving punishment. These forms of justice also involve the victims and the wider community in the process, creating a new way of engaging people with the justice system.