Correctional Services: Facilities

Budget Information
Correctional Services FY22 Actual FY23 Budget FY24 Governor Recommended
Program Budget $122,768,673.98 $123,033,227.00 $125,107,131.00
(Appropriation #3480004000)
What We Do

Facility (Incarceration) Statuses:

  • Sentenced 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 Statuses:
    • Detained: awaiting adjudication for crime(s)
    • Detained W/Hold: awaiting adjudication for crime(s) and held for US Marshals or other jurisdiction
  • Hold Status:
    • Hold: held for US Marshals or other jurisdiction

Field (Community Supervision) Statuses:


  • Community Supervision Furlough (primary furlough status): At the completion of the minmum 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 inpatient 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 immmediate release on furlough. Furlough status is a community placement, but with more stsringent rules for behavior. Conditions of release typically contain treatment or community work crew.
  • Home Detention: A program of confinement and supervision that restricts an unsentenced defendant to a pre-approved residence continuously, except for authorized absences, and is enforced by appropriate means of surveillance and electronic monitoring by the DOC.

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:

  • Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision ("ICOTS"): An individual may be transferred to another state via the New England Interstate Corrections Compact, the Interstate Corrections Compact, and the Federal Beareau of Prisons contract at the discretion of the Commissioner/Designee when the classification process has determined out of state placement is appropriate.
  • 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 teh supervision of the Department of Corrections. The Parole Board is the appointed authority and violations are resolved through a Parole Hearing.

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.

Work Crew: Individuals may work without pay and participate on a service team as a way of making amends to the community for criminal conduct.

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 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 DOC performs an important role in the State‚Äôs 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 VTDOC 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. 

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