Northwest State Correctional Facility

Northwest State Correctional Facility is a prison for both male and female inmates that is located in St. Albans, Vermont. It can house a maximum of 262 inmates. This facility opened in 1969 and is managed by the Vermont Department of Corrections.

The prison is currently used as a detention facility for inmates waiting to go to trial as well as those with long-term sentences.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Northwest State Correctional Facility are on Saturdays and Sundays. Visits are scheduled alphabetically by the inmates' last name, and the hours are as follows:

A-D Saturday 8:30 am to 10:30 am
E-L Saturday 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
M-R Sunday 8:30 am to 10:30 am
S-Z Sunday  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Close Custody (Echo) visiting
Unit #1 Saturday 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Unit #2 Sunday 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Visit by close circuit TV and by approved appointment only

Visiting Rules

  • A valid photo ID is required for all adult visitors
  • You must follow the dress code or you will be turned away
  • Arrive at the facility no more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visiting time
  • You are not allowed to exchange items with your inmate during a visit
  • Bathrooms are not available during visiting; please use the bathroom in the reception area prior to entering the visiting room
  • Physical contact between adult visitors and inmates is not permitted
  • All visitors are subject to being searched

Video Visitation

Go to to register for video visitation. You can also schedule a visit and pay with a credit or debit card. A 10-minute visit costs $2.50 and a 25-minute visit cost $6.25.

Physical Address

Northwest State Correctional Facility
3649 Lower Newton Road
St. Albans, VT 05488

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(802) 524-6771

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and DOC number
Northwest State Correctional Facility
3649 Lower Newton Road
St. Albans, VT 05488

Electronic Messaging

You can send electronic messages to your inmate at Northwest State Correctional Facility with Locate the Vermont DOC on the site and add your inmate as a contact by using either their inmate ID or first/last name. 

Once you set up your account, you can write a message, purchase credits for yourself, and purchase additional credits to send to your inmate so they can reply.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Northwest State Correctional Facility, but they do have access to phones during certain hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Vermont, please click here.

How to Send Money

Friends and family members can deposit money into an inmate’s account for the purchase of commissary or telephone time via Access Corrections. Deposits can be made online or by telephone. 

There is also the option of using a Deposit Coupon. These coupons are available from inmates, in the lobby of Northwest State Correctional Facility, or by clicking here

Deposits made with coupons must be mailed to:
Vermont Department of Corrections Inmate Trust
P.O. Box 1344
Williston, VT 05495-1344

The VTDOC recommends that you only send money to inmates who are your own family members or personal friends. 

Tablet Services

If you would like to pay for your inmate's tablet services, you can do so at You can also download the ConnectNetwork app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. 

Locate the Vermont DOC and add the inmate as a contact using either their inmate ID or first/last name. On the left side of the menu, click on Debit Link and buy enough Link Units to pay for your inmate’s subscription purchases to FM Radio, Newsfeed, Game Center, eBooks, and streaming music.

Programs For Inmates

Risk Intervention Services (RIS) are structured activities from the Vermont Department of Corrections which have been integrated to support sentenced offenders who are at a moderate to high risk of reoffending. Through different programs and classes, inmates are presented with the skills to be successful in Vermont communities.  

Services include group and individual clinical services, education, and workforce readiness classes provided by Community High School of Vermont (CHSVT), work related opportunities provided by the Vermont Correctional Industries (VCI), and other evidence-based activities related to thoughts and behaviors that lead people to commit a crime. 

The Community High School of Vermont

The Community High School of Vermont (CHSVT) has a campus at Northwest Correctional Facility that provides learning opportunities for inmates. Their dual mission is to offer an accredited high school education while providing risk-reducing interventions to decrease recidivism.

CHSVT is a mindful school that infuses the "Habits of Mind" model into its practices and policies. Students learn how to become critical thinkers and develop a sense of inquiry, exactness, and flexible thinking from new perspectives.

Vermont Correctional Industries

Vermont Correctional Industries focuses on workforce development and gives inmates opportunities to learn on the job skills. 

The License Plate Shop is located at Northwest State Correctional Facility. Inmate produce license plates for the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Vermont State Police, and custom commemorative plates. This shop employs 14 inmates.

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Careers at Northwest State Correctional Facility

If you are interested in a career with the Vermont Department of Corrections and would like more information about job listings at the Northwest State Correctional Facility, click here.

The Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) is currently hiring Temporary Correctional Officers. They hire temporary officers in anticipation of them competing for full-time positions when they become available.