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Policies, Directives, and Rules

The current operating documents of the Department are accessible from the pages linked below. This page is a living document representing the most up-to-date version of the Department's Policy and Directive index and Administrative Procedures Act (APA) rules.

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Policies, Administrative Directives, Interim Procedures & Interim Revision Memos

The current Policies and Directives of the Department of Corrections, organized by document number, can be found here.

The current Interim Procedures and Interim Revision Memos can be found here.

An Administrative Directive is an outline of procedural guidelines and expectations of staff, which complies with the rules of the Department, correctional best practice, and relevant Vermont and federal statutes and APA rules. Administrative Directives contain a brief statement of policy.

As you view the Directives you will sometimes see the note "Redacted 'A' for public use". 'A' documents are security-sensitive, have restricted access, and are exempt from public disclosure. The security-sensitive information has been blacked out of the posted version, leaving the rest of the document accessible to the public.


Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Rules

The current APA Rules of the Department of Corrections can be found here.

An APA Rule is a general statement which implements or interprets law or policy and which has been adopted as required by the State of Vermont’s Administrative Procedures Act. Rules have the force of law unless amended or revised or unless a court determines otherwise.
Recent New/Revised Policies, Directives, Procedures, and Rules

Recent Policies, Directives, Procedures, and Rules

Interim Memo: Escapes and Unauthorized Absence from Furlough or Conditional Reentry - Effective 7/1/2019

Interim Memo: Director of Facilities Title Changes - Effective 4/9/2019

Interim Memo: Suicide Prevention and Response to Self-Harm - Effective 06/03/2019

Interim Memo: Americans with Disabilities Act - Risk Intervention Services - Effective 1/22/2019

Interim Memo: Opioid Overdose Intervention - Effective 01/25/2019

Interim Memo: Inmate Visits - Attorney Information - Effective 01/14/2019

Interim Memo: Mental Health and Medical Assessments - Effective 01/11/2019

Interim Memo: Non-Employee (Inmate) Identification Cards - Effective 11/26/2018

New Directive: Inmate Procedure to Marry - Effective 10/29/2018

APA Rule: Inmate Procedure to Marry - Effective 10/29/2018

Interim Memo: Safe Mail Handling - Effective 10/26/2018

New Directive #422: Staff Safety - Effective 10/22/2018


Recent Rules

APA Rule: Inmate Procedure to Marry - Effective 10/29/2018

APA Rule: Inmate Access to Publications - Effective 9/7/2018 

Rule: Graduated Sanctions for Violations of Probation - Effective 07/05/2018


Departmental Forms

 The current Departmental Forms Library can be found here.



The current Glossary can be found here.

The Glossary contains a list of all the current terms and definitions used in Department rules, policies and administrative directives.



New and revised documents under development are posted for comment prior to finalization. You may provide feedback on APA Proposed Rules or Directives & Policies by reading them and sending comments to during the comment period. If you have difficulty accessing any of these documents, please email . You also may provide feedback on APA Proposed Rules by attending public hearings, the dates of which will be posted. 

Policies and Directives Final Feedback and DOC Response:

APA Rule - Inmate Procedure to Marry - Response to Feedback

#255.01 Sex Offender Registry and Internet Registry Determinations

#260 Offender Access to Electronic Equipment - Response to Feedback

Repeal of APA Rule #79-39 Resident Publications - Response to Feedback

#371.18, Sentence Computation - Response to Feedback

#351, Healthcare Services - Response to Feedback

#409.04 Offender Drug Screening - Response to Feedback

Proposed APA Rule - Release to Furlough Without Approved Housing - Response to Feedback

#405 - Incident Reporting - Response to Feedback

#409.03 - DNA Sample Collection - Response to Feedback

#324.01 - Inmate Voting - Response to Feedback

APA Rule - Use of a Private Collection Agency for the Collection of Fees, Fines, and Restitution and for Administrative Servicing of Some Cases - Response to Feedback

#201 Fiscal Management - Response to Feedback

#435 Gender Responsivity - Response to Feedback

#371.02 Case Management - Response to Feedback

#354 Food Service Operations - Response to Feedback

Proposed Policies & Directives:



Proposed APA Rules:

 Inmate/Offender Records and Access to Information Rule is open for public comment.  The comment period ends on January 29, 2018 at 4:30 pm.  Comments can be sent to


You may also send written or fax comment to:

Policy Development Unit

Department of Corrections

280 State Drive

NOB 2 South

Waterbury Vermont 05671-1001

Fax: 802-951-5086 


If you have any questions concerning Department of Corrections APA Rules, Policies, and Administrative Directives, please contact:

Monica Weeber,