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Since 2001, Vermont Works for Women has partnered with the Vermont Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide the state’s incarcerated women with a range of work-readiness services in preparation for reentry. Since 2011, our efforts have been located inside the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF) in South Burlington, Vermont’s sole women’s prison.

Our programs are gender-responsive & trauma-informed, essential components in working with imprisoned women, according to national best practices. Our staff present on gender-responsive employment programming at national conferences and are known statewide as experts in working with female offenders. Our programs are designed and offered in collaboration with DOC administration, facility superintendents, security staff, and other contracted program providers.

Our Outcomes

  • We currently serve 58 percent of the incarcerated women at the Chittenden facility.
  • Of the women we work with, 70 percent are considered at moderate-to-high risk of returning to jail after release.
  • For those released from CRCF who enroll in our Step In to Work program, only 7-9 percent recidivate, compared to the state average of 28 percent.

From Our Women

Incarcerated woman, 2016

It motivates me to strive towards following my heart even if I may not have the average level of education in one particular area.

Incarcerated woman, 2016

Incarcerated woman, 2016

I can be confident about finding a job and continue furthering my job even with a record.

Incarcerated woman, 2016