Independent reviewers releasing report on deadly prison riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — An independent review team is releasing its final report on a deadly inmate uprising and hostage-taking at Delaware’s maximum-security prison.
The report to be released Friday was ordered by Gov. John Carney after inmates seized a building at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in February and took several prison workers hostage, setting off a standoff lasting nearly 20 hours.
Correctional officer Steven Floyd was killed before authorities used a backhoe to breach a wall and rescue a female counselor. Two other guards who were taken hostage had been released earlier after being tormented and beaten by inmates.
In a preliminary report released in June, the independent reviewers described the Vaughn facility as dangerously overcrowded, critically understaffed, and poorly run and managed.
A criminal investigation into the incident is still ongoing.