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Policies, Directives, and Rules

Policies, Administrative Directives, Interim Procedures & Interim Revision Memos

Vermont Department of Corrections Glossary of Terms

Administrative Directives outline procedural guidelines and expectations of staff that comply with Department rules and policy, correctional best practice, and relevant Vermont and federal law. Administrative Directives contain a brief statement of policy.


Directives marked "Redacted 'A' for public use" are security-sensitive and exempt from public disclosure. The security-sensitive information has been redacted from the posted version, leaving the rest of the document accessible to the public.

Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Rules

An APA Rule implements or interprets law or policy and has been adopted as required by the Vermont Administrative Procedures Act. APA Rules have the force of law unless amended or revised, or unless a court determines otherwise.

Emergency Rule Filings


Permanent Rule Filing


Public Comment Period


Recent New/Revised Policies, Directives, and Rules

Issued 1/26/2022

#316 Effective Communication for Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Issued 1/13/2022

Rescission of # 351 Healthcare Services Guidance

Adopted 6/12/2021

APA Rule # 21-011 Earned Time Rule

Issued 6/10/2021

#252 Records Retention and Disposition

#353 Death Response and Review

#404.02 Respiratory Protection

Issued 12/30/2020

#348 Supervision of Sentenced Offenders in the Community

#430.011 Response to Furlough Violations

Issued 12/28/2020

#371.25 Parole Reviews and Recommendations

#407 Facility Escape Response and Review 

#409.04 Inmate/Offender Drug Screening

430.13 Unauthorized Absence From Furlough and the Community Restitution Program


Documents under development may be posted for public comment prior to finalization. You may provide feedback by emailing your comments during the comment period. If you have difficulty accessing any of these documents, please email DOC Staff. You also may provide feedback on APA Proposed Rules by attending public hearings, the dates of which will be posted. 


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

Anne Corbin
Policy Development Unit, DOC
280 State Drive
NOB 2 South
Waterbury, Vermont 05671-1001