§ 1501. Escape and attempts to escape

(a) A person who, while in lawful custody:

(1) escapes or attempts to escape from any correctional facility or a local lockup shall be imprisoned for not more than 10 years or fined not more than $5,000.00, or both; or

(2) escapes or attempts to escape from an officer, if the person was in custody as a result of a felony, shall be imprisoned for not more than 10 years or fined not more than $5,000.00, or both; or if the person was in custody as a result of a misdemeanor, shall be imprisoned for not more than two years or fined not more than $1,000.00, or both.

(b)(1) A person shall not, while in lawful custody:

(A) fail to return from work release to the correctional facility at the specified time, or visits other than the specified place, as required by the order issued in accordance with 28 V.S.A. § 753;

(B) fail to return from furlough to the correctional facility at the specified time, or visits other than the specified place, as required by the order issued in accordance with 28 V.S.A. § 808(a)(1)-(5) or § 723;

(C) escape or attempt to escape while on release from a correctional facility to do work in the service of such facility or of the Department of Corrections in accordance with 28 V.S.A. § 758; or

(D) elope or attempt to elope from the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital or a participating hospital, when confined by court order pursuant to chapter 157 of this title, or when transferred there pursuant to 28 V.S.A. § 703 and while still serving a sentence.

(2) A person who violates this subsection shall be imprisoned for not more than five years or fined not more than $1,000.00, or both.

(3) If the person is on furlough status pursuant to 28 V.S.A. § 723, 808(e), or 808a, a violation of this subdivision (1) of this subsection requires a showing that the person intended to escape from furlough.

Terms Used In Vermont Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1501

  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Person: shall include any natural person, corporation, municipality, the State of Vermont or any department, agency, or subdivision of the State, and any partnership, unincorporated association, or other legal entity. See

(c) All sentences imposed under subsection (a) of this section shall be consecutive to any term or sentence being served at the time of the offense.

(d) As used in this section:

(1) "No refusal system" means a system of hospitals and intensive residential recovery facilities under contract with the Department of Mental Health that provides high intensity services, in which the facilities shall admit any individual for care if the individual meets the eligibility criteria established by the Commissioner in contract.

(2) "Participating hospital" means a hospital under contract with the Department of Mental Health to participate in the no refusal system.

(3) [Repealed.]  (Amended 1967, No. 317 (Adj. Sess.), eff. March 22, 1968; 1971, No. 199 (Adj. Sess.), § 15; 1973, No. 109, § 5; 1973, No. 206 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. 30 days from April 3, 1974; 2011, No. 79 (Adj. Sess.), § 14, eff. April 4, 2012; 2015, No. 5, § 1, eff. April 9, 2015; 2019, No. 77, § 10; 2019, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), § 18, eff. Jan. 1, 2021.)