Vermont Department of Corrections

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Vermont Department of Corrections
Abbreviation VDOC
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Patch of the Vermont Department of Corrections.
Seal of the Vermont Department of Corrections.jpg
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Vermont, USA
Map of USA VT.svg
Map of Vermont Department of Corrections's jurisdiction.
Size 9,620 square miles (24,900 km2)
Population 621,270 (2008 est.)[1]
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Waterbury, Vermont
Parent agency Vermont Agency of Human Services
VDOC Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Vermont Department of Corrections is an executive agency of the U.S. state of Vermont; charged with overseeing the state correctional facilities, supervising probation and parolees, and serving in an advisory capacity in the prevention of crime and delinquency. It is a part of the Vermont Agency of Human Services.[2] The agency has its headquarters in the Waterbury State Office Complex in Waterbury.[3][4][5]

State prison facilities[edit]

The Department of Corrections manages the operations of nine prison facilities within the state. There were 2,202 prisoners in the system in 2007.[6]

Name Location Security level Capacity Prisoners Gender
Northern State Correctional Facility Newport
Southeast State Correctional Facility Windsor
Dale Woman's Facility Waterbury
Caledonia Community Work Camp St. Johnsbury
Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility South Burlington
Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility Rutland
Northeast Regional Correctional Facility St. Johnsbury
Northwest State Correctional Facility Swanton[7]
Southern State Correctional Facility Springfield

Additionally, 559 prisoners are imprisoned out of state. These prisoners cost half as much as the prisoners in state because only healthy prisoners are sent elsewhere. Also, these larger out-of-state prisons have economy-of-scale that cannot be matched in Vermont's smaller prisons.[8]

There are 600 corrections officers. [9]

Probation and Parole Offices[edit]

There are 13 community-based probation and parole offices throughout Vermont. These are under the administrative jurisdiction of the Department. The offices are located in Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Chelsea (sub-office in Hartford District), Hartford, Middlebury (sub-office to Rutland), Morrisville, Newport, Rutland, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, and Springfield.[10]


In 2009, the Dale prison in Waterbury was closed. The women's prison was moved to Swanton. The (male) prisoners at Swanton were moved to Newport.


While security is handled by state employees, services, such as health services, have been contracted out.[11]

Future plans[edit]

In 2008, the department announced plans to close the Windsor prison for women, move women's prison to St.Albans(Swanton), and move some Swanton prisoners to Newport.[8]

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Vermont Department of Corrections, 2 officers have died in the line of duty.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  2. ^ State of Vermont website accessed January 11, 2008
  3. ^ "Contact the Vermont Department of Corrections." Vermont Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "Waterbury State Office Complex." Vermont Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "About the Department of Corrections." Vermont Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009."A map showing where the Department of Corrections Central Office is in the Waterbury State Office complex."
  6. ^ State of Vermont website accessed January 11, 2008
  7. ^ alternately identified as being in St. Albans but with the same street address
  8. ^ a b Gresser, Joseph (June 4, 2008). State outlines new prison policy. the Chronicle. 
  9. ^ Local men graduate from corrections officer school. the Chronicle. September 12, 2007. 
  10. ^ Probation and Parole Office
  11. ^ "Editorial:Opn government can't be privatized". Burlington, Vermont: Burlington Free Press. 2 September 2010. pp. 11A. 
  12. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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