Post-riot lawsuit costs state $370K to defend officials

DOVER — The state has spent $371,011.57 defending several top leaders, including two former governors and a half dozen current and former prison officials, against a lawsuit filed in the wake of the Feb. 1 prison uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. The sum was reported by Delaware’s Office of Management and Budget in […]

COAD: Prison understaffing an ‘Armageddon situation’

  DOVER — The Delaware Department of Corrections is currently on course to spend $30 million in overtime pay this financial year — which would be a roughly 36 percent increase from FY2017’s total of $22 million. The DOC confirmed that it had spent $15.3 million on overtime by the end of this financial year’s […]

Response to 2017 prison riot cost state police more than $184,000 in overtime

  DOVER — In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Division of State Police reported that they’ve spent $184,694 in overtime pay in connection with the emergency response and ensuing investigation spurred by the Feb. 1, 2017, inmate uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. Although a full accounting of the emergency […]

Still long way to go to correct ‘reckless indifference’

Though Gov. John Carney and his administration are trying not to let the February 2017 prison riot at the James Vaughn Correctional Center define them, the event has cast a long shadow. From recent news reports and based on the interim report of the independent review team, there is still much to address in fixing […]

Vaughn inmate lawsuit claims DOC staff ‘terrorized’ him following uprising

DOVER — Vaughn prison inmate Donald Parkell filed an answering brief on Tuesday insisting that the defendants’ multiple motions to dismiss his lawsuit be denied. Parkell claimed shortly after the Feb. 1 inmate uprising last year that he too was held as an innocent hostage during the incident. Later that month, he filed a 14-page […]

Events planned for weekend to memorialize Lt. Steven Floyd

DOVER — Sunday will mark the one-year anniversary of the funeral procession that took correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd’s remains from a memorial at Delaware State University to Barratt’s Chapel in Frederica. He was killed in the deadly inmate uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. To mark the anniversary, the Department of […]

Help wanted: Jobs go unfilled in Correction Department

  DOVER — One year after correctional officer Steven Floyd was killed in an inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, more than 10 percent of correctional officer positions are vacant, and the correctional officers union says far too many problems remain. According to Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps, there are 261 open spots […]

Known costs of prison riot top $30 million and growing

  DOVER — The immediate costs of the deadly inmate uprising at Vaughn prison last Feb. 1 were obvious: correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd was murdered and six other hostages were gravely injured or otherwise traumatized. The extent of the injuries to the survivors was indicated by Wilmington attorney Thomas Neuberger, who represented them and […]

Questions remain about administrative failings

  DOVER — After an eight-month Delaware State Police criminal probe, 18 inmates were indicted in the Feb. 1 prison riot that left Lt. Steven Floyd dead. Sixteen of them were charged with murder. Most have already pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. What fault lies on the administrative side and who’s being held […]

‘Poorly timed’ cake and ice cream served to inmates at Vaughn prison

SMYRNA — Corrections Department spokeswoman Jayme Gravell confirmed Friday that inmates at the Vaughn prison received cake and ice cream on Jan. 31 — the eve of the one-year anniversary of the deadly inmate uprising that left an officer dead and several others injured. She said the dessert was originally intended to be served on […]