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.