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Governor Phil Scott Appoints Nick Deml Commissioner of the Department of Corrections
Interim Commissioner James Baker announces departure after more than 20 months of service.

Vermont DOC Renews Out-of-State Housing Contract
CoreCivic will continue to house Vermont incarcerated individuals in Mississippi for one year.

Matt D'Agostino Appointed Corrections Interim Deputy Commissioner
10-year Vermont DOC employee to oversee budget, human resource and contract management.

Northern State Testing Returns One COVID-Positive Staff Member
Outbreak testing returns one positive staff case at Newport facility.

Northern State Outbreak Update: Zero COVID-Positive Cases
Three consecutive testing rounds show no new staff, incarcerated cases in Newport.

Vermont DOC Reports New Positive Cases at Three Facilities
Testing finds five new incarcerated individuals and staff positives in Newport, Springfield, St. Albans.

Seven Incarcerated Individuals Test Positive in Newport
Testing finds seven new incarcerated positives at Northern State Correctional Facility, zero new staff.

Twenty-one Incarcerated Individuals Test Positive in Newport
Testing finds 21 new incarcerated positives, one staff positive at Northern State Correctional Facility.

Three Incarcerated Individuals Test Positive in Newport
Additional COVID cases found in symptomatic individuals at Northern State Correctional Facility.

Vermont DOC Reports New Positive Cases at Three Facilities
Masks required at all facilities, outside visitation suspended at facilities with positive cases.

Three Incarcerated Individuals Test Positive for COVID-19
Intake testing returns three cases at St. Albans and St. Johnsbury facilities.

Two Vermont Corrections Staff Test Positive for COVID-19
Independent testing returns two cases at Northern State Correctional Facility.

Three Vermont Corrections Staff Test Positive for COVID-19
Staff testing returns positive cases in South Burlington, St. Johnsbury.

Vermont DOC Announces Transitional Housing Grants
Fifteen agencies partner with Corrections on reentry housing and services.

Vermont DOC Commissioner Issues Statement on Joshua Russ Plea Deal
Former Corrections employee pleads ‘no contest’ to sexual exploitation, will serve up to four years.

Vermont Correctional Officers: A Career of Unseen Service

State honors ‘National Correctional Officers and Employee Appreciation Week’

Northern State Cleared of all Outbreak Protocols

Five consecutive testing rounds show no new incarcerated cases in Newport.

Northern State Correctional Facility: Covid Testing Update 3.31.21

Testing returns no new positive staff or incarcerated cases in Newport.

Northern State Correctional Facility: Covid Testing Update 3.24.21

Testing returns two positive staff cases in Newport; no incarcerated cases detected.

Northern State Correctional Facility: Covid Testing Update 3.22.21

Testing returns 3 new cases in Newport; spread contained to incarcerated individuals in a single unit.

Northern State Correctional Facility: Covid Testing Update 3.17.21

Testing returns 12 new positive cases in Newport; 135 cases medically cleared from isolation.

Northern State Correctional Facility: Covid Testing Update

Testing returns 21 new positive cases in Newport; 100 cases medically cleared from isolation.

Northern State Correctional Facility Returns More Covid Cases

March 8 testing returns ten new positive cases in Newport, 106 cases expected to be medically cleared by Friday.

Northern State Correctional Facility Outbreak Slowing

March 4 testing returns eight new positive cases in Newport.

Vermont DOC Press Conference: Northern State Outbreak Update

Commissioner Jim Baker provides updates on the outbreak at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, Vt.

Northern State Correctional Facility Outbreak Growing

March 1 testing returns 108 new positive staff and incarcerated cases in Newport.

Covid-19 Outbreak at Northern State Correctional Facility

Newport facility in full lockdown following 22 positive cases.

Testing Shows New Covid-19 Cases at St. Albans Correctional Facility

Northwest State Correctional Facility remains in full lockdown to mitigate spread.

Vermont DOC Reports Incarcerated Death in Mississippi

The Vermont Department of Corrections is conducting an internal review following the death of a Vermont individual incarcerated at Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler, Mississippi, on Saturday.

COVID-19 Cases Detected in Staff, Incarcerated Population

Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) is reporting 18 new Covid-19 cases among incarcerated individuals and staff.

COVID-19 Cases Detected in Staff, Incarcerated Population

Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) is reporting nine new Covid-19 cases among incarcerated individuals and staff.

Three New Covid-19 Cases Detected in Incarcerated Population

Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) is reporting three new COVID-19 cases among incarcerated individuals at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF).

Eight New COVID-19 Cases Detected in Corrections Staff

Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) is reporting eight new COVID-19 cases among VTDOC staff.

Incarcerated Individual, Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19

Positive cases detected at Northeast Correctional Complex, Southern State and Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facilities.

Vermont Agency of Human Services Leadership, DRM Release Report on Chittenden Facility

Vermont Agency of Human Services leadership and attorneys from Downs Rachlin Martin are publicly releasing a report on Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.

Corrections Staff Members at Four Facilities Test Positive for COVID-19

Positive results received in Newport. S. Burlington, St. Albans, Springfield.

Vermont Corrections Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19

Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans is on full lockdown following notification of two staff members testing positive for COVID-19.

Vermont DOC Reports Inmate Death in St. Johnsbury

Incarcerated individual dies at Northeast Correctional Complex.

Vermont DOC Reports Inmate Death in Mississippi

The Vermont Department of Corrections is conducting an internal review following the death of a Vermont inmate at Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler, Miss., on Sunday.

Chittenden Staff, Inmates Test Negative for COVID-19

Mass testing ordered following reported staff positive on December 7.

Earned Good Time Permanent Rule Proposal: Public Comment Sessions Friday

The Vermont Department of Corrections invites victims of crime, families of victims, and members of the public to offer comments about a permanent rule on the creation of an “earned good time” program.

Press Conference: Independent Report on Kenneth Johnson

Vermont Agency of Human Services Secretary Mike Smith, Department of Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker, and Tristam Coffin and Timothy Doherty of Downs Rachlin Martin issue DRM's independent report on the death of Kenneth Johnson in a live press conference.

Second Corrections Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Second Northeast Correctional Complex staff member tests positive for coronavirus.

Inmate Assaults Officer at Northwest State Correctional Facility

Other inmates helped stop assault, officer released from hospital.

Vermont Corrections Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Officer Tests Positive at Northeast Correctional Complex

No New Cases Found in Third Round of Vermont DOC Mass COVID-19 Testing

All in- and out-of-state facilities clear of COVID-19.

Vermont DOC Press Conference: Out-of-State Contract and Chittenden Update

Commissioner Jim Baker provides updates on Vermont's contract with CoreCivic and on the investigation into Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.

COVID-19 Test Results Returned in Springfield, Mississippi

Southern State Correctional Facility clear of coronavirus, new case found at Tallahatchie.

Vermont DOC Press Conference: Rutland and Mississippi Update

Commissioner Jim Baker provides an update on Vermont inmates and staff testing positive for COVID-19 in Mississippi and Vermont in a live press conference.

147 Cases of COVID-19 Detected in Mississippi Facility

Coronavirus cases detected among inmates in Mississippi and Vermont this week.

Vermont DOC Press Conference: Mississippi and Vermont Update

Commissioner Jim Baker addresses the response to Vermont inmates testing positive for COVID-19 in Mississippi and Vermont.

Vermont DOC Press Conference: Mississippi Update

Commissioner Jim Baker addresses the response to Vermont inmates testing positive for COVID-19 in Mississippi.

Testing Shows COVID-19 in Mississippi Facility

Early results identify more than 80 positive cases among Vermont inmate population.

Mississippi Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19

Six inmates test positive upon return to Vermont from out-of-state correctional facility

St. Johnsbury Inmate Tests Positive for COVID-19

An inmate at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the only positive result of the total 215 NECC staff and inmates tested Monday, July 13.

Test Results: Southern State Correctional Facility Clear of COVID-19

All staff and inmate results returned negative in mass testing of final Vermont facility.