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
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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 Williston, Vermont, USA
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 of Vermont's 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]

Currently the agency is headquartered in the White Cap Business Park in Williston.[3][4] The agency was previously headquartered at the Waterbury State Office Complex in Waterbury.[5][6][7]

State prison facilities[edit]

As of 2016 the Department of Corrections manages the operations of seven prison facilities within the state. There were 2,202 prisoners in the system in 2007.[8]

Name Location Prisoners Gender
Northern State Correctional Facility Newport
Southeast State Correctional Facility Windsor
Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility South Burlington
Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility Rutland
Northeast Regional Correctional Facility St. Johnsbury
Northwest State Correctional Facility Swanton[9]
Southern State Correctional Facility Springfield

The State of Vermont's former Dale Women's Facility in Waterbury closed in early 2009.[10] State officials were considering closing its Caledonia Community Work Camp in St. Johnsbury, adjacent to the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility, in March 2016 because of underpopulation.[11]

While security is handled by state employees, services, such as health services, have been contracted out.[12] There are 600 corrections officers.[13]

Vermont contracted with Corrections Corporation of America to house inmates in out-of-state private prisons beginning in the mid-1990s, and has continued the practice.[14] About 500 prisoners are held outside the state of Vermont. These prisoners cost half as much as the prisoners in state because of the economies of scale in larger prisons, and because only healthy prisoners are exported.[15]

In the past, Vermont had prisoners at the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville, Kentucky[16] (now closed), and at the Florence Correctional Center in Florence, Arizona, both CCA properties. As of 2015 the State of Vermont contracts with the GEO Group and has transferred out-of-state prisoners to the North Lake Correctional Facility in Michigan.[17]

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.[18]

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Vermont Department of Corrections, two officers have died in the line of duty.[19]

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 6, 2015. Physical Address: 426 Industrial Ave. Williston, VT 05495"
  4. ^ Annual Report 2014". Community High School of Vermont. Retrieved on December 6, 2015. Second page: "Physical Address: White Cap Business Park 426 Industrial Avenue, Suite 120 Williston, VT 05495"
  5. ^ "Contact the Vermont Department of Corrections." Vermont Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  6. ^ "Waterbury State Office Complex." Vermont Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  7. ^ "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."
  8. ^ State of Vermont website accessed January 11, 2008
  9. ^ (St. Albans)
  10. ^ Corcoran, Michael (24 April 2008). "Waterbury worries about closing Dale prison facility". Stowe Today. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Burbank, April (14 March 2016). "Why Vermont could close St. Johnsbury prison work camp". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Editorial: Opn government can't be privatized". Burlington, Vermont: Burlington Free Press. 2 September 2010. pp. 11A. 
  13. ^ Local men graduate from corrections officer school. the Chronicle. September 12, 2007. 
  14. ^ Krantz, Laura (21 January 2014). "Vermont inmates on lockdown at Kentucky prison". Vermont Digger. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  15. ^ Gresser, Joseph (June 4, 2008). State outlines new prison policy. the Chronicle. 
  16. ^ Davis, Mark (2 December 2015). "Vermont Inmates Pine for Their Old Kentucky Prison". Seven Days. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "Inmates Housed Out of State." Vermont Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 6, 2015.
  18. ^ Probation and Parole Office
  19. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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