Department of Corrections

A 68-year-old Vermont inmate died at the Camp Hill prison facility in Pennsylvania over the weekend, officials announced Monday.
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Vermont’s Department of Corrections announced Monday that a 68-year-old Vermont inmate died over the weekend in the Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania.

The Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. In a report to the federal government, Vermont disclosed that 17 inmates were sexually victimized in state-run prisons last year.
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Seventeen inmates were “sexually victimized” in Vermont prisons last year, according to a recently filed disclosure by the Vermont Department of Corrections. 

Officials say Vermont inmates at the Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania are getting one phone call every four days until they are fully processed by Pennsylvania officials.
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Vermont’s Department of Corrections is in close communication with officials in Pennsylvania about concerns and complaints from Vermont inmates staying in Pennsylvania’s Camp Hill prison, according to Deputy Corrections Commissioner Mike Touchette.

Gov. Phil Scott made several recommendations about the state's corrections system in his budget address on Tuesday.

Vermont Department of Corrections officials say they are investigating a suicide attempt by an inmate at Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton.

The Department of Corrections will provide more mental health care to some of its inmates, under an agreement reached this week with a former prisoner.

The federal Department of Justice's decision to stop using privately-run prisons is reverberating throughout Vermont.

An investigation has concluded that allegations of mistreatment of Vermont inmates at a Michigan prison were exaggerated.

Advocates claimed that a number of inmates were strip-searched and denied food and water during a search for contraband.

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The Windham County Sheriff says he will not consider the former Liberty Mill in Bellows Falls as the site of a proposed 150-bed detention center.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday announced a program to treat opiate addiction in newly released inmates.

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After almost three decades of working in corrections, Lisa Menard was named the department's commissioner on October 1. She takes charge just months after Vermont's out-of-state prisoners moved to a new facility in Michigan. And at a time when our inmate population has dropped to its lowest total since the early 2000s.

The Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. In a report to the federal government, Vermont disclosed that 17 inmates were sexually victimized in state-run prisons last year.
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On a cloudless day in late September, 10 lawmakers drove to Springfield for a tour of the Southern State Correctional Facility. The experience left an impression, and legislators have begun pressing administration officials for reforms to the corrections system.


Five years ago, legislators passed a law aimed at getting nonviolent offenders out of prison, but new data suggest the effort has had some unintended consequences. Offenders who are released before they’re ready often just end up returning to jail a short time later.

Back in 2010, one of the central planks in Gov. Peter Shumlin’s first gubernatorial campaign was a plan to reduce the number of nonviolent offenders in Vermont prisons.

Audio from this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 19.

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Democratic presidential contenders are not the only debaters squaring off this week.

The other debate takes place Oct. 14 in South Burlington, inside the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.


The state of Vermont spends $20 million a year to provide medical services to inmates, and the Department of Corrections is about to try a new way to oversee the physical and mental health care its prisoners receive.

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Investigators who probed the recent deaths of three Vermont prison inmates have found little blame to assign in two of the three incidents.

But the state did seriously mishandle its treatment of the third inmate — a man who committed suicide last spring — the lead investigator told a legislative oversight committee on Wednesday.

In April of this year, a 34-year old Vermont man took his life inside the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. Patrick Fennessey had been in and out of prison since 2007, when he was convicted of a burglary charge. His mental health issues contributed to his inability to stay out of prison.

Vermont is committed to bringing home all prison inmates held in controversial, private out-of-state facilities, the state’s top corrections official said Thursday.

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Vermont is making plans to move their roughly 300 out-of-state prisoners from Kentucky and Arizona to a facility in Michigan. This comes about as the state ends its contract with Corrections Corporation of America and starts one with the GEO Group.

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Vermont Corrections officials have two prisons on “modified lockdown” after receiving information suggesting some inmates may become violent in response to the continuing unrest in Baltimore, Md.