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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.

There has been a suspension of 9 employees at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center

The incident occurred last week but the Wilmington News Journal reports that the Department of Correction is giving up any further details only that it is being investigated.

Last month an inmate at the prison was found guilty of assaulting a correctional officer and received an additional two years behind bars.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney says he is disappointed that no criminal charges have been filed yet following a February inmate riot and hostage taking at Delaware's maximum security prison in which a prison guard was killed.

Carney's comment Tuesday came as he responded to an independent report describing James T. Vaughn Correctional Center as dangerously overcrowded, critically understaffed, and poorly run and managed.

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A prison from organization held a march that began at Legislative Hall and ended at the governor’s office in Dover hoping to get more attention to the conditions for Delaware’s inmates.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that one of the participants was Enrico Stratton-Bey.

He is a former inmate and a cousin of Stephen Floyd who was killed during the hostage standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

Stratton-Bey told the paper that it was the poor conditions for the inmates that was involved in Floyd’s death.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers have approved two bills aimed at improving security within Delaware prisons.

One measure, approved unanimously Tuesday, makes it felony for an inmate to recklessly injure a correctional officer or other prison worker or recklessly hit a prison worker with urine, feces or other bodily fluid.

Under current state law, such acts must be intentional, not simply reckless, for an inmate to be convicted of a felony carrying mandatory prison time.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A longtime veteran of the Delaware Department of Correction has been named deputy commissioner of the agency.

Department Commissioner Perry Phelps announced Tuesday that Alan Grinstead has been appointed deputy commissioner effective Monday.

The deputy commissioner is a member of the executive staff, oversees various bureaus within the department and works on policy development, strategic planning and decision making.