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PRIN Committees

There are two committees involved in implementing change for the PRIN project:

Steering Committee:

Responsible for day-to-day activities at SSCF, developing climate survey, conducting the research, and advocating for change informed by the research practices to improve the conditions at SSCF.

Steering Committee Members:

PRIN Info Sheet Vermont Site Updated September 2020

University of Vermont (UVM)

  • Kathy Fox, PhD: Professor, Department of Sociology; Research Partner
  • Abby Crocker, PhD: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics; Research Partner

Urban Institute (Urban)

  • Jesse Jannetta: Senior Policy Fellow, Vermont Site
  • Alice Galley: Policy Analyst, Vermont Site

Department of Corrections (DOC)

  • Vacant: Prison Research and Innovation Network Manager (PRIM)
  • Michaela Merrill: Southern State Correctional Facility Superintendent
  • Al Cormier: PRIN Chief, Vermont Site; Chief of Operations
  • Isaac Dayno: Executive Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives
  • Jess King-Mohr: Research and Data Analytics Unit Director
  • Haley Sommer: Director of Communications & Legislative Affairs

Executive Committee:

Diverse, knowledgeable advisory panel made up of various stakeholders who can leverage what is learned by the Steering Committee to make change actionable.

Executive Committee Members:

  • Tim Burgess: Formerly Incarcerated & Advocate
  • Lauren Jandl: Chief of Staff, Office of the Attorney General
  • Nicholas J. Deml: Commissioner, Vermont Department of Corrections
  • Tom Dalton: Executive Director, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform
  • Representative Alice Emmons: VT House of Representatives, Springfield
  • Sarah George: State's Attorney, Chittenden County
  • Michael Groner: Vermont State Employees Association
  • Jaye Pershing Johnson: Vermont Governor's Office
  • Therese Corsones: Vermont Judiciary 
  • Mike Pieciak: Treasurer, Vermont Treasurers Office
  • Thomas Zonay: Judge, Vermont Judiciary
  • Monica Weeber: Executive Director, Crime Research Group
  • Lauren Hibbert: Deputy Secretary of State, Secretary of States Office
  • Erin Jacobsen: Deputy Attorney General, Vermont Attorney General's Office
  • Ashley Messier: Formerly Incarcerated & Advocate
  • Karen Tronsgard-Scott: Executive Director, VT Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Representative Daisy Berbeco, VT House of Representatives, Winooski
  • Willa Farrell: Community Justice Unit, Office of the Attorney General

Executive Committee Meeting Recordings and Notes

Executive Committee Meeting Recording: July 2023

Executive Committee Meeting Recording: April 2023

Executive Committee Meeting Recording: March 2021

Executive Committee Meeting Recording: January 2021

Executive Committee Meeting Recording: November 2020

Executive Committee Meeting Recording: August 2020

Note: Due to technological issues, this meeting starts at the Question and Answer/Discussion section in the second half of the meeting. The first half of the meeting included presentations from the Urban Institute and University of Vermont. These presentations can be found in the PRIN Informational Documents and Presentations tab (hyperlinked here).

Executive Committee Meeting Notes: November 2020

Executive Committee Meeting Notes: August 2020