The state of Vermont has only one type of facility for youth offenders called juvenile detention centers. There is only one in Vermont called Woodside. This facility holds both pretrial detainees and juvenile inmates sentenced by the courts.
The Vermont Agency of Human Services, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the government agency in charge of youth offenders, all facilities and Vermont juvenile inmate records. They keep juvenile records private until the youth turns 18. Therefore, you cannot go online and perform a Vermont juvenile detention center inmate search. If you want to find an inmate, you must contact the DCF directly or the Woodside facility.
When a youth offender enters the system in Vermont, they are thoroughly examined and assessed for which program and level of custody best fit their needs. A caseworker is assigned to each youth and they use the Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI™) system to accurately evaluate them before placement. This system, including the following objectives:
Woodside’s mission states: “Woodside provides short-and long-term placements and treatment services for youth—in a safe and secure environment. Residents receive medical and psychiatric services in the least-restrictive setting possible given their needs.”
They provide confinement and rehabilitative services to youth offenders under the DCF’s care, ages 10–17. While incarcerated, they receive education, treatment, and programming aimed at getting them back on track. The state also offers probation for low-risk youth who would benefit from community-based treatment rather than confinement.
There are only about 30 youth offenders in juvenile detention in Vermont. In a year, the state sees about 200–300 youth offenders total. Twenty percent are female, and the average age of all inmates is 15.7 years old. Roughly 95% of them are White. The rest are Black, Hispanic, Asian, and other races. Thirty-eight percent commit violent crimes that land them in juvenile detention. More than 57% have committed an aggravated assault or other aggressive crimes against another person. About one-quarter come from the Burlington, Vermont area.