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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware prison officials are restricting inmate visits as a preventative health measure amid the current flu epidemic.

Officials say that starting Wednesday morning, prison visits will be suspended for any child under the age of 16.

Meanwhile, Department of Correction officials say they are working with the Division of Public Health and are treating all offenders with elevated temperatures and symptoms of the flu.  To date, 64 offenders have been treated with Tamiflu.  

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware prison officials are asking state lawmakers for more money but acknowledge that staffing remains a problem despite increased funding that was approved last year.

Gov. John Carney is asking lawmakers to boost the Department of Correction's general fund budget by $20 million next fiscal year. The bulk of that money would go toward increasing staffing and boosting pay for correctional officers, including hiring 28 more guards at the women's prison.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - One year after a deadly inmate riot and hostage-taking, Delaware's maximum-security prison remains a potentially explosive, understaffed facility managed by overworked guards overseeing hundreds of inmates with too much idle time on their hands.

An independent review ordered by Democratic Gov. John Carney after the riot at Vaughn Correctional Center includes scores of recommendations for reforms. But officials say many of those reforms depend on adequate staffing, which remains an elusive goal.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland authorities say 18 people, including two correctional officers, have been indicted in a prison corruption case.

State prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced Thursday that six inmates and 10 outside facilitators also have been indicted.

The charges include conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances, conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery and the smuggling of contraband such as narcotics and cell phones.

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RICHMOND, VA. (AP) - The number of women in Virginia's prisons has jumped dramatically.

From 2009 to 2015, the state's prison population grew by 11 men. During the same period, the number of women grew by 333.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a report released Tuesday by the Prison Policy Initiative shows that recent reforms have reduced the total number of people in state prisons, but almost all of the decrease has been among men, while women's incarceration rates remain near record highs.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Judges are asking Maryland lawmakers for clarity about how long people can be jailed while waiting to be transferred for psychiatric care.

Three judges testified before state lawmakers in Annapolis on Wednesday. The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the judges also are asking who will be responsible, if deadlines pass.

Acting Health Secretary Dennis Schrader is under a judge's contempt order for the shortage of beds and long waits for patients. He also is asking the legislature for guidance.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Six inmates have pleaded not guilty in connection with a fatal Delaware prison uprising that occurred earlier this year.

The six inmates, who are among 18 prisoners indicted in the February riot, pleaded not guilty at arraignments on Tuesday. All six demanded a jury trial.

Five of the six, including two already serving time for murder, are among 16 inmates charged with first-degree murder in the death of corrections officer Steven Floyd.

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - A union official says three correctional officers were hurt when a disruptive inmate threw punches and charged them.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Correction tells WBOC-TV that the three officers suffered minor injuries Monday night at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

Geoff Klopp is president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware. He said in a statement Tuesday that the injuries occurred while the officers were dealing with a disruptive and disorderly inmate.

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Sixteen inmates at the Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna have been charged with first degree murder in the death of corrections officer Steven Floyd during the uprising in February.

Another two are facing charges in connection with his death.

It’s taken eight months for charges to be brought but WBOC reports that the attorney for the Floyd family Thomas Nueberger said that it was a welcome development.

Over the summer Governor John Carney had expressed a sense of frustration that charges had not yet been filed in Floyd’s death.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The union representing Maryland correctional officers is warning that staffing levels in state prisons are at dangerously low levels.

The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown reports that the Maryland chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) held a press conference Saturday to call for more hiring.

They directed their remarks to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

State officials say they have hired 120 officers in the last 18 months to try to fill vacancies in the system.