DOC dedicates road at Vaughn prison to officer killed in riot

SMYRNA — The road leading into the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center was dedicated to the memory of Lt. Steven Floyd — a correctional officer killed during the 2017 riot at the facility — on Tuesday morning.

“Naming this entrance road and placing the sign here will serve as a reminder of Lt. Floyd’s bravery and his dedication to the Department,” said DOC Commissioner Perry Phelps. “We must ensure his sacrifice is never forgotten and pledge to serve the state of Delaware as professionals, treat others with dignity and respect, and always exhibit integrity in our actions, as Lt. Floyd did every day.”

The event was also attended by dozens of state officials, delegates, officers and Gov. John Carney.

Lt. Steven Floyd

“This road, dedicated in Lt. Floyd’s honor, is a reminder that his service and sacrifice has not been, nor will it be, forgotten,” said Governor Carney. “I extend my deepest appreciation to everyone who worked together to make this dedication a reality. Thank you to all of our law enforcement officers, and the entire Department of Correction family for their service to our state every day.”

Since Feb. 1, 2017, when a group of masked inmates took control of C Building (the site of the riot) and held it during an 18-hour siege that left Lt. Floyd dead and several other hostages brutally beaten or otherwise traumatized, the state’s prison system has been under intense media and legislative scrutiny.

In the wake of the riot, Lt. Floyd’s estate, family and several other survivors from the incident sued the state.

The lawsuit settled out-of-court in December 2017 for $7.55 million — many believe it to be the largest state-paid settlement in Delaware’s history.

Eighteen inmates were charged with the crime and are currently being tried. Only one, Dwayne Staats, of the seven tried so far has been convicted of murder. Three received full acquittals and the DOJ dropped their cases against six of them who were awaiting trial last week. Three more inmates await their day in court.

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