Vermont Department of Corrections Protect Vermonters by operating safe, humane, and secure facilities and by preparing offenders to become productive law-abiding community citizens. DOC staff support and partner with communities to enhance safety and quality of life by ensuring offenders take responsibility for their crimes and make amends to crime victims and society.
DOC Principles People can change. Community participation and support are essential for the successful delivery of correctional services. Victims have the right to have an active role in determining how their needs can best be met. Offenders are responsible, to the extent possible, to repair harm done to victims and the community
Central offices located in Waterbury • Eight correctional facilities in… • St Johnsbury is Caledonia Work Camp • St. Johnsbury is Northeast Regional • South Burlington is Chittenden Regional • Rutland is Marble Valley • Newport is Northern State • Swanton is Northwest State • Windsor is Southeast State • Springfield is Southern State 8 11 Probation and parole offices overseeing approximately 10,000 individuals
Offender Population 2,200 incarcerated individuals 700 out of state 93% male Most frequent offense for males: sexual assault Most frequent offense for females: fraud 34% of male inmates, 56% of female inmates have some diagnosis of mental illness
DOC Program Services • The department’s Program Services group oversees treatment and educational services for offenders to include: • substance abuse, • domestic violence, • work, • post-secondary education, • sex offender and violent offender treatment, and • female & family services
DOC Program Services Community High School of Vermont Highest secondary enrollment in Vermont. Accredited, diploma granting high school run in correctional facilities. Required of inmates under the age of 23 who do not have a diploma or GED.
DOC Program Services Women’s Services Women’s Services creating and maintaining a gender responsive and trauma informed approach to woman within the correctional system This includes the Incarcerated Woman’s Initiative focused on keeping woman out of jail and with their families, the woman’s only facility in Swanton, in some locations probation officers with all woman case loads, and staff training.
DOC Program Services Vermont Treatment Program for Sexual Abusers Vermont Treatment Program for Sexual Abusers a nationally acclaimed program that uses contracted licensed therapists to teach offenders how to accept, understand, modify and maintain permanent changes in behavior relating to illegal sexual behavior.
DOC Program Services Offender Work Programs Offender Work Programs designed with the understanding that individuals who are busy and productive are less likely to get in to trouble, more likely to feel better, and have more skills in increase their post incarceration employment opportunities. Vermont Correctional Industries Community Work Programs Habits of Mind training program In fiscal year 2008 over 400,000 hours of community service were provided by DOC work crews
DOC Program Services Cognitive Self Change for Violent Offenders • How to identify thoughts and attitudes that lead to violent acts • How to find and use new thoughts and attitudes that don't. • Learning and demonstrating the ability to perform four skills: • Pay attention to your thinking. • Recognize when your thoughts and feelings are leading you toward committing a violent or criminal action. • Think of new thinking that will lead you away from violence and crime, and that you can feel OK with yourself when you think it. • Practice using this new thinking in real life situations.
DOC Program Services Domestic Violence Programs Independent community organizations provide certified batterer intervention programs for probation-level cases Intensive Domestic Abuse Program (IDAP) which occurs for felony level sexual offenders who are on pre-approved furlough in the community. Incarcerated Domestic Abuse Program (InDAP) which occurs within the facility Support the safety and well-being of victims, children and the community Hold offenders accountable for their choices, and Support offenders in their process of change. Program Goals
DOC Program Services Substance Abuse Programs Intensive Substance Abuse Program (ISAP) Discovery: Therapeutic Community @ Caledonia Work Camp Evolutions: Therapeutic Community @ Windsor Work Camp Residential & Outpatient Treatment @ Northwest Tapestry: community based residential treatment for woman
DOC Field Services 11 community-based facilities, also called probation and parole Supervises offenders according to severity of their risk to re-offend Administers the Vermont Reparative Probation Program Interstate Compact Agreement
DOC Field Services Probation Furlough Parole
Restorative Community Justice Engages community partners in the correctional process. Focuses on effective re-entry strategies and programs for offenders. Repair injuries to people and the community by encouraging and supporting parties with a stake in a particular offense to participate in its resolution. Victim Services Unit Quality Assurance Unit Housing Program. 23% 12%
Restorative Community Justice Victim Services Information, assistance, and support to victims of crime In fiscal year 2008, over 1,000 victims received services Programs include: Vermont Automated Notification Services or VANS Victim Offender Dialog Program Victim Impact Panels
Facility Services Northwest State in Swanton Woman’s Facility Southern State in Springfield Sex Offender Treatment Program Mental Health Unit Largest Infirmary
Classification and Out of State Units Classification Unit Determines which facility an offender will be placed in initially or transferred to based on the which programs he or she will participate in. Out of State Unit Oversees inmate placements to out of state prisons mostly in Kentucky and West Tennessee. Placements out of state are necessary to alleviate crowding in Vermont prisons. About 700 out of approximately 2,200 inmates are placed out of state.
Health Services The Director of Health Services manages the contracts for health services for inmates, responds to grievances and ADA complaints. The department also has a Mental Health Services Chief, psychologist and chief nurse on staff; all other health services are contracted out
Volunteer Services Thanks to
For More Information Lisa Menard, DOC Deputy Commissioner Lisa.Menard@ahs.state.vt.us To complete this course and add it to your training record please click on this link below https://www.ahsinfo.ahs.state.vt.us/apps/donecourse.cfm