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What We Do
Facility (Incarceration) Statuses:
Sentenced: convicted of crime(s)
Sentenced/Detained: convicted of crime(s) and held pre-trial for other crime(s)
Sentenced W/Hold: convicted of crime(s) and held for US Marshals or other jurisdiction
Sentenced/Detained W/Hold: (rare) convicted of crime(s), held pre-trial for other crime(s), and held for US Marshals or other jurisdiction
Detained: awaiting adjudication for crime(s)
Detained W/Hold: awaiting adjudication for crime(s) and held for US Marshals or other jurisdiction
Hold: held for US Marshals or other jurisdiction
Field (Community Supervision) Statuses:
Community Supervision Furlough (Primary furlough status): At the completion of the minimum term of sentence, the incarcerated individual may be released to the community under conditions of furlough.
Treatment Furlough: A status for an individual who is participating in an approved residential treatment program outside of a correctional facility.
Medical Furlough: A status for an individual who is diagnosed with a terminal or debilitating condition. The individual may be released to a hospital, hospice, or other licensed in-patient facility, or other housing accommodation deemed suitable by the Commissioner.
Pre-Approved Furlough: Sentenced to confinement with prior approval of the Commissioner of Corrections, the individual is eligible for immediate release on furlough. Furlough status is a community placement, but with more stringent rules for behavior. Conditions of release typically contain treatment or community work crew.
Parole: The release of an incarcerated individual to the community before the end of their sentence subject to conditions imposed by the Parole Board and subject to the supervision and control of the Commissioner of Corrections. Includes:
Supervised Community Sentence: Based on a law passed in 1990, the judge sentences, with prior approval of the Commissioner of Corrections, to a set of conditions, minimum and maximum time frames and an intermediate sanctions program under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. The Parole Board is the appointed authority and violations are resolved through a Parole Hearing.
Community Restitution Program (Work Crew): The Community Restitution Program allows an individual convicted of crimes to successfully make amends to the community through structured work contracted with municipalities, state agencies, and local non-profit organizations.
Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICOTS): The Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the ICAOS, a formal agreement between member states that seeks to promote public safety by systematically controlling the interstate movement of certain adult offenders. Through this contract, Vermont can send individuals for out-of-state supervision and other states can send individuals to Vermont for supervision. The latter individuals will be categorized by their supervision type (e.g., probation, parole) in this report.
Probation: An individual found guilty of a crime upon verdict or plea, is released by the court without confinement, subject to the conditions and supervision by the Commissioner of Corrections. This is a contract between the individual and the court, to abide by conditions in return for the court not imposing a sentence of confinement. Violation of this sanction requires due process, with a court hearing, counsel, and preponderance of evidence. Within the probation sanction is the reparative probation program, which allows citizens on community panels to determine the quality of restitution made to the victim and repair of harm to the community, consistent with 28 VSA Chapter 12.
Absconder: When an individual on a community supervision status has unknown whereabouts, they are considered an absconder. The Parole Board, Courts, or the Commissioner issues an arrest warrant. The Department of Public Safety is responsible for fulfilling the arrest warrant and returning the individual to the VT DOC.
Who We Serve
The DOC serves the community as a partner in prevention, research, management, and intervention of criminal behavior. The DOC operates correctional facilities in: Newport, Rutland, South Burlington, Springfield, St. Albans, and St. Johnsbury.
How We Impact
The VT DOC, in partnership with the community, supports safe communities by providing leadership in crime prevention, repairing the harm done, addressing the needs of crime victims, ensuring individual accountability for criminal acts, and managing the risk posed by individuals under supervision. The VT DOC performs an important role in the State’s response to crime, individuals under supervision, and victims. It is a unified system of 6 correctional facilities and 12 field offices geographically spread across the state. This structure greatly enhances the ability to implement systemic changes that are evidence-based and focus on best practices for successful reentry. Correctional facilities implement programs that provide custodial confinement of frequent, dangerous individuals, and also have a primary objective to prepare offenders for their responsible roles in the community upon release.
Correctional facilities utilize the supporting resources of probation and parole services. Additionally, the VT DOC is located within the Agency of Human Services (AHS) and draws upon the resources housed with AHS to support its mission. AHS has the widest reach in state government and a critical mission: to improve the conditions and well-being of Vermonters and protect those who cannot protect themselves.