Vermont Criminal Justice Corrections Board

The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) and the Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) launched the Vermont Corrections Dashboard in the fall of 2012. It is an innovative template for quarterly reports that summarize key data for the corrections agency, including change in correctional populations, recidivism indicators, and average length of stay. The dashboard allows the Vermont DOC to easily view a wide variety of statistics, observe trends, and assess progress toward agency or legislative goals.

CSG Justice Center’s Research Division developed measures, determining how to draw the most information from what the state was already collecting, and designed the dashboard with input from the Corrections Oversight Committee for a two-page quarterly snapshot of correctional and supervision populations, offender characteristics, and movement in and out of the system. It includes data on population flow, such as admissions, population, and releases—fundamental information for any corrections department. Specific figures include admissions and population, returns to incarceration, number of individuals sentenced, and number of individuals under supervision. Since addressing recidivism is a priority for the Vermont DOC and Governor Peter Shumlin, measures pertaining to recidivism are distinguished from the others.

Summary

Admissions for persons with no sentences pending adjudication increased from the previous period from the corresponding quarter last year and from the average across the previous three quarters.

Summary

Admissions for persons with sentences decreased from the previous period. The prior two quarters saw an increase in this population. More reductions per quarter are necessary to hit the 30 percent reduction goal.

Notes/Comments

This population is under some form of state supervision, but has been detained in a VTDOC facility for some reason. If sentenced, this population will drive the recidivism population.


Summary

Supervision failures, decreased from this quarter last year, increased over the previous quarter, but has held constant to the previous three quarter average. This quarter’s movement pushes the population away from the goal’s direction. The first quarter of FY 2013 shows an increase from last quarter and is well above the goal line.

Notes/Comments

This is the sum of entrants who were on probation, parole, and furlough last quarter, received a new sentence, and have hit the 90-day barrier to entry of being counted as a recidivist during this quarter. These offenders have been incarcerated for more than 90 days, but less than 120 to ensure no double counting has occurred. This is not the whole of recidivists; however, it is the closest possible for entries from supervision the Vermont data system will allow.

Summary

Detainee population increased 13 percent from an average of the last three quarters and is up 11 percent from this time last year. It is moving away from the goal’s direction.



Notes/Comments

Detainee population includes both detainees, the individuals in a DOC facility with no outstanding sentence. The inmate’s case has not yet been adjudicated. The reduction goal is limited to detainees, which was set at 300.