DOC failed to properly investigate inmate death - Seven Days

The Department of Corrections failed to conduct an internal review of the incident leading to the death of a man in prison in Newport.

"On Friday, Smith and interim Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker acknowledged that the Department of Corrections had failed to conduct an administrative review of the incident required by the department's own policy. "There wasn't one," Smith said at a press conference in Montpelier. "And there should have been." In an interview later Friday, he vowed to ensure that such a lapse wouldn't happen again. "From now on, we're going to do one every time there is a death or injury in our facility," the secretary said."



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