Ronald Roy, 71, of Errol, New Hampshire, is the sixth incarcerated person who has died in the state’s prison system this year.
The state of Vermont has commissioned a more detailed proposal to build new men’s and women’s prisons, as well as men’s and women’s reentry facilities, on a shared campus somewhere in the northwest corner of the state.
The move comes as the department deals with a vacancy rate of nearly 30% among frontline worker positions across the state’s six prisons.
Police said David R. Goldstein, 56, of Barre City had suffered a medical event Monday while incarcerated in the Springfield prison and later died at a nearby hospital. Although he had served his minimum sentence, Goldstein was still being held for “lack of proper housing.”
Twenty-five incarcerated people who tested positive for the virus all reside in the same unit as some prior positive cases, the release says, but three of the cases detected Wednesday are “from three different general population units.”
In a ruling handed down this month, the Vermont Supreme Court called the corrections department’s actions “troubling” and said it must do better at abiding by its own rules.
The corrections department reported Friday that the Northeast Correctional Complex remains in lockdown with seven new cases of Covid-19 detected in recent days among incarcerated individuals.
The agreement reached Thursday between the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont and the state Department of Corrections will head off litigation over incarcerated individuals’ complaints that the state did not meet federal Americans with Disabilities standards.
Nicholas Deml will take over the commissioner’s post Nov. 1. He has worked in the Central Intelligence Agency since 2014 and before that in the U.S. Senate as a national security and foreign policy aide.
The state corrections department announced Tuesday it has renewed its contract with private prison operator CoreCivic for one year. The state currently houses 145 incarcerated individuals at the prison in Tutwiler, Mississippi.
At a hearing of the Legislature’s Joint Justice Oversight Committee on Tuesday, several Department of Corrections officials praised the low-security design and life skills training available at the Windham, Maine-based Southern Maine Women's Reentry Center.
Tropical Storm Ida, which hit the Northeast last week, led to spoiled Covid-19 tests for staff at St. Albans prison, since they didn’t make it to a lab in Massachusetts in time. Newport and St. Albans prisons remain on lockdown.
The latest Covid cases include two staff members at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield and two incarcerated individuals at Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans.
The results reported Wednesday stem from mass testing conducted Monday at the state’s largest correctional center. A new case has also been reported at the state’s only women’s prison in South Burlington in a person who had been in intake quarantine at that prison.