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Vermont DOC Reports Death of Incarcerated Individual in Springfield

Waterbury, VT – The Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) is conducting internal administrative and medical reviews following the death of an incarcerated individual on Tuesday.

Dan Griswold, 67, of Rutland, Vt., was found unresponsive in his cell at Southern State Correctional Facility (SSCF) in Springfield Tuesday morning. Vermont DOC and medical staff immediately provided life-saving measures and called for emergency medical services. EMS arrived on site and, in consult with Springfield Hospital medical professionals, pronounced Mr. Griswold dead a short time later.

Mr. Griswold was housed in a general population unit at the time of his death.

Vermont DOC notified Vermont State Police and the Prisoners’ Rights Office of the death per state law and protocol. These entities will be conducting separate investigations into the death in conjunction with the Vermont DOC’s administrative and medical reviews. The Vermont DOC Peer Support Team is providing services to SSCF staff.

Mr. Griswold was lodged in 1998 on a 40-years-to-life sentence for aggravated sexual assault.

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