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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.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered a lower court judge in Delaware to reconsider a claim from a Delaware prison inmate who says he was sexually assaulted by a correctional officer during a pat down in 2014.

DeShawn Drumgo claims Sgt. William Kuschel patted and groped inappropriately, then squeezed his genitals until the skin ruptured while other officers laughed and failed to intervene.

A federal judge granted summary judgment to the state after the defendants said Drumgo failed to file a grievance before filing the lawsuit.


There was a town hall style meeting yesterday held by the Delaware correctional officers and the department’s Commissioner Perry Phelps.

It comes a month after the inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in which officer Steve Floyd was killed.

WBOC reports that the media was barred from the meeting.

But the television station reports that the correctional officers’ union president Geoff Klopp said that Phelps had the support of his organization.

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Five more correctional officers have quit their jobs and Maj. Jeffrey Carrothers the security superintendent at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has been reassigned.

It comes nearly four weeks after an inmate uprising that left one officer dead.

WBOC reports that the Department of Correction says that brought the total number of resignations since the uprising to 13 – 10 of whom worked at the prison.

The department also says that there have been 12 officers who have either retired or put in their papers to do so.


During a Delaware Senate panel hearing correctional officers told lawmakers that staff were so outnumbered many of the inmates have unprecedented power.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the officers said this power contributed to the 18 hour hostage standoff that resulted in the death of Officer Steve Floyd.

Officer Aaron Forkum described the situation as “a three ring circus” at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center where the uprising took place.

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An officer at the Sussex County Correctional Institution was struck by an inmate this past Monday.

The Delaware Department of Correction said that it did not believe the officer was seriously injured.

The Correctional Officers Association of Delaware said that the inmate had been escorted back to his cell after being disruptive during the dinner meal.

They said it was there that the inmate charged and threw a punch hitting the officer on the side of his neck.

The prisoner was charged with assault.


Seventeen members of the staff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center have quit in the wake of the inmate standoff that left one officer dead.

The Delaware Department of Corrections told the Wilmington News Journal that 8 have already quit with three leaving immediately.

Another six have asked for early retirement this year.

The department said one of those has already left.

Finally, a teacher employed by the facility is also retiring.