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Policy Documents and Rules

All publicly available administrative rules, policies, administrative directives, standard operating procedures (SOPs), guidance documents, interim memos, and other policy documents which outline the policy and procedures of the Vermont Department of Corrections (DOC) can be found by clicking on the link below.  Documents marked "Redacted" or "Level A" 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.

DOC Policy Documents


Recent New/Revised Policy Documents

Issued 07/17/2024

#371.10, Risk Containment - Effective 07/29/2024

Issued 06/28/2024

#326, Admitting, and Housing, Emerging Adults Aged 18 and Younger - Effective 06/28/2024

Issued 06/21/2024

Court Processes Standard Operating Procedure - Effective 07/01/2024

Issued 06/14/2024

#385, Access to Courts for Incarcerated Individuals Policy - Effective 06/27/2024

Issued 05/15/2024

#381, Constituent Services Policy - Effective 05/28/2024

#113, Peer Support Policy - Effective 05/27/2024

Issued 05/08/2024

#106, Staff Training Policy 

#106, Staff Onboarding Training Standard Operating Procedure 

#106, Staff Continuing Training Units Standard Operating Procedure 

Issued 04/01/2024

#352, Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan 

#352, Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan Standard Operating Procedure 

Issued 03/25/2024

#424, Supervised Community Sentence - Effective 04/08/2024



Feedback related to policy documents is always welcome.  Please email the DOC Policy Development Unit with specific feedback that should be considered in the revision process.

You also may provide feedback on Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Proposed Rules in writing or by attending public hearings.  For more details, please see the APA Rules heading below.


Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Rules

An APA Rule implements or interprets law or policy and is adopted according to 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


Draft Rules for Public Comment

The draft rule below is now open for public comment.  If you wish to provide feedback, please send comments to the address at the bottom of this page, or email It is helpful to have specific questions and concerns when addressing the feedback received. You may also wish to use the page and line numbers in the document to point to specific sections.


Marriage Ceremony Rule Amendment 

Currently the DOC is in the process of amending The Marriage Rule. All updates will be posted here. Please email with any questions.

The DOC Marriage Rule is in need of an update due to a change in 18 VSA § 5142 which raised the legal age of marriage to 18 regardless of parental consent. This update resulted in a change to the DOC's process by removing the statutory language around eligibility as it is duplicative to receiving proof of a marriage license. This is to help streamline this process. The current proposed rule Marriage Ceremony For Incarcerated Individuals is open for public comment until August 1, 2024. Please email all feedback to

Public Hearing:

Please feel welcome to join the DOC for the Public Hearing for the Amendment of the Marriage Rule on July 23rd, 2024 from 10am-11am.

In Person: NOB 2 South, 280 State Drive, Waterbury, VT 05671-2000 WSOC Cherry B

Virtual: Join the TEAMS Meeting Here!


Permanent Rule Filing



If you have questions concerning Department of Corrections' policy documents, or need a special accommodation, please contact:

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