Independent review of Vaughn uprising to take place

DOVER — Gov. John Carney has announced an independent review into the inmate rebellion at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center that left one correctional officer dead.

While few details into the review were immediately released, the governor’s office said it will take place after the Delaware State Police investigation into the murder of correctional officer Steven Floyd is complete.

Mr. Floyd, 47, was found dead Thursday in the aftermath of a 19-hour uprising at Vaughn.

Inmates inside Building C took three correctional officers and one counselor hostage around 10:30 Feb. 1. Authorities broke into the building shortly after 5 a.m. the next day.

Mr. Floyd was found dead, and several of the other hostages were injured.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science later ruled Mr. Floyd’s death a “homicide by trauma.”

On Tuesday, hours after the Delaware Coalition of Prison Reform and Justice called for the federal government to look into the Vaughn incident, Gov. Carney said he would select a team to investigate the causes of the uprising and provide recommendations to prevent a repeat.

The members will be announced Feb. 15.

“We will find out how this happened and work together with all parties involved to prevent this type of incident from happening again,” the governor said in a statement.

“Every day, our correctional officers accept the risk of performing a dangerous job on behalf of the people of Delaware. And we must take the action necessary to ensure our correctional facilities remain safe and secure.”

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