More money for officers sought following prison uprising

 

DOVER — Delaware’s governor wants to hire 75 prison guards next year following an inmate uprising and hostage taking in which a correctional officer was killed.

 

Gov. John Carney said Monday that his fiscal 2018 budget proposal will include $2.3 million to hire 50 new guards at the maximum-security Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna and 25 new guards at the Baylor women’s prison in New Castle.

 

Carney also is proposing $1.2 million in new spending next year for equipment, and additional funding for training and recruitment.

 

In the meantime, officials are allocating about $341,000 for immediate equipment purchases and are planning to increase security sweeps at Vaughn.

 

Last month, inmates took four correctional workers hostage at Vaughn, setting off a nearly 19-hour standoff during which correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd was killed.

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