Vermont DOC reports death of inmate at Springfield prison

Administrative Review Initiated at Southern State Correctional Facility (SSCF)

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Corrections (DOC) is conducting internal administrative and medical reviews following the death of another incarcerated individual on Wednesday.

Romeo Reome, 53, of Brattleboro, VT, was found unresponsive in his cell at SSCF in Springfield early Wednesday morning. Vermont DOC and medical staff immediately began life-saving measures and called for emergency medical services (EMS). Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful.

The official cause of death will be determined by the Vermont State Medical Examiner but is not considered suspicious at this time. Mr. Reome was transported to Springfield Hospital on Tuesday due to health complications before being returned to SSCF.

Vermont DOC 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 DOC’s administrative and medical reviews. The Vermont DOC Peer Support Team is available for SSCF staff.

Mr. Reome was lodged in 2022 and was serving a sentence of 6 to 8 years for Aggravated Assault.

The Vermont State Police is also investigating the death.

Since the beginning of 2022, 10 people have died at SSCF, with the most recent on March 14, 2023.

3.22.2023. Waterbury, VT – The Vermont Department of Corrections