Waterbury, VT – The Vermont Department of Corrections today announced the death of a detainee at Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in St. Albans, VT.
Jeffery Nichols, 35, of Enosburg, VT, was found unresponsive early Sunday morning in a cell in the booking area of NWSCF. Department and medical staff immediately began life-saving measures and called for emergency medical services (EMS). Life-saving efforts, including CPR and multiple administrations of Narcan, were unsuccessful.
The Department is conducting internal administrative and medical reviews following this critical incident. The official cause of death will be determined by the Vermont State Medical Examiner but is not considered suspicious at this time.
The Department notified Vermont State Police and the Defender General’s Prisoners’ Rights Office of the death per state law and protocol. These entities will conduct separate investigations into the death in conjunction with Department administrative and medical reviews. The Department’s Peer Support Team is available for NWSCF staff.
Mr. Nichols was lodged September 09, 2023, on a charge of Aggravated Domestic Assault and Offense Committed within Presence of a Child. His criminal history dates back to 2005 on charges of Grand Larceny.