BURLINGTON, VT. >> The head of a group pushing for reform of Vermont's prisons and its use of private, out-of-state prisons has won an award from the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Suzi Wizowaty, a former state representative from Burlington who now heads Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, was presented with the ACLU's David W. Curtis Civil Liberties Award at the group's annual meeting this weekend.

Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform has been outspoken in pushing for the state to bring prisoners from private, out-of-state lockups back to Vermont, and has pushed for other changes in the corrections system.

The ACLU award is named in memory of David W. Curtis, a lifelong advocate for civil rights who died in 1999.